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Featuring the Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, the Clash, Sham 69, X-Ray Spex, the Dead Boys, and others


San Francisco has bragging rights to sourdough, Coit Tower, and the last Sex Pistols concert. That terminal show and the preceding six-city American blitz are at the core of Lech Kowalski’s dead-on D.O.A. This off-the-cuff doc is bipolar, swinging between the emergence of punk in bloodied old England, and its wide-eyed reception in the States. Torrential performances by Sham 69 and X-Ray Spex fill in the blanks when the Pistols aren’t reporting. But D.O.A. isn’t just about the music, it’s about the angry ferment that gave rise to punk as a cultural contagion. That means plenty of nihilistic fans uttering things like “When I saw Johnny Rotten’s face, I thought I’d vomit. He’s so beautiful.” Rotten aside, it’s Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen who really beat up the scenery. Interviewed in London, they nod out in smacked euphoria, too oblivious to be anti-anything. In a few months, Sid and Nancy would be as the title suggests.

—Steve Seid

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2017 - 86 mm

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2013 - 84 MN

FUCK

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POLICE FORCE OUVRIERE

2009 - 12 MN

WINNERS AND LOSERS

2007 - 75 MN

EAST OF PARADISE

2005 - 105 MN

DIARY OF A MARRIED MAN

2005 - 22 MN

CAMERA GUN

2003 - 29 MN

HEY IS DEE DEE HOME

2003 - 63 MN

ON HITLER'S HIGHWAY

2002 - 81 MN

BORN TO LOSE

2001 - 104 MN

THE BOOT FACTORY

2000 - 88 MN

ROCK SOUP

1991 - 81 MN

CHICO & THE PEOPLE

1991 - 20 MN

GRINGO

1984 - 87 MN

BREAKDANCE TEST

1984 - 6 MN

WALTER AND CUTIE

1978 - 25 MN

SEX STARS

1977 - 85 MN

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