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The Smiths: The Complete Picture (1992)

Video  |   |  Music  |  8 December 1992 (USA)
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Thirteen Smiths' recordings, half of them in a club with a live audience. These alternate with five rock videos, two directed by Derek Jarman (Panic and Ask), two by Tim Broad (Girlfriend ... See full summary »

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Thirteen Smiths' recordings, half of them in a club with a live audience. These alternate with five rock videos, two directed by Derek Jarman (Panic and Ask), two by Tim Broad (Girlfriend in a Coma and Stop Me...), and one by Paula Grief and Richard Levine (How Soon Is Now?). It concludes with Jarman's short film, "The Queen Is Dead," with a three-song soundtrack. The rock videos, particularly Jarman's, are filled with multiple and superimposed images, changing tints, and little narrative coherence; they get their pace from the music's rhythm. Androgyny, dancing children, belching smokestacks, graffiti, angry young men, a waif in a cap: collages of modern alienation. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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the unseen eighties

the smiths were one of my favorite british bands (next to suede, followed by the manics and blur), and the video 'the complete picture' perfectly captured the flavor and imagery of the smiths and their songs.

the dvd version contains 12 songs including 'the queen is dead' and 'there is a light...' in a derek jarman short film (which they say was a prophetic foretelling of princess diana's death), and the classics 'this charming man' and the boy with the thorn in his side.' the contents of the video will be enough for a true smiths fan, but it is not enough for people who want more. there are beautiful songs such as 'please please please...' and 'hand in glove' which are not in this compilation but are worth listening.

all in all, the video is a great addition to any smiths collector's memorabilia, but it lacks.


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