Monday, February 2, 2009

Sid Vicious (May 10, 1957 – February 2, 1979)

“Sid & Nancy,” Alex Cox’s heartfelt take on the true-life relationship between Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen—a love that ended when Sid stabbed Nancy to death in the Chelsea Hotel, then died of a drug overdose while awaiting trial—could easily have been just another rock biopic. Instead, through the use of fantasy-tinged reenactments (favoring the surreal in lieu of the straightforward), Cox transforms this gritty tabloid story into something deeper. It's a perfect example of finding truth through fictionalization.

To read the rest of my essay The Criterion Collection #20: Sid & Nancy visit The House Next Door.

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