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The Importance of Being Morrissey (2002)

Featuring interviews by famous fans and followers, this rare documentary encapsulates the essence of the controversial, enigmatic, and deliciously melancholic bard. This is Morrissey, the charming man with the thorn in his side.

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Ricky Kelehar
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Morrissey ... Himself
Christopher Eccleston ... Narrator
J.K. Rowling ... Herself
Michael Bracewell Michael Bracewell ... Himself
Alan Bennett ... Himself
Will Self Will Self ... Himself
Kathy Burke ... Herself
Bono ... Himself
James O'Brien James O'Brien ... Himself
Chrissie Hynde ... Herself
Noel Gallagher ... Himself
Sam Esty Rayner Sam Esty Rayner ... Himself
Linder Sterling Linder Sterling ... Contributor
Boz Boorer Boz Boorer ... Himself
Dean Butterworth Dean Butterworth ... Himself
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Referring to the gifted Irish poet Oscar Wilde's farcical 1895 play, The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, The Importance of Being Morrissey attempts to encapsulate the essence of the emblematic former The Smiths' singer, Morrissey. Featuring interviews by famous Morrissey fans such as U2's Bono; Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling; Oasis' Noel Gallagher; The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and Morrissey's next-door-neighbour, Nancy Sinatra, indeed, this documentary is a rare treat for his dedicated followers. Controversial, enigmatic, photogenic, and above all, a musical genius, the deliciously melancholic bard never fails to fill stadiums--including the pulsating with energy and excitement, Royal Albert Hall, where Morrissey sings "Suedehead", "The First of the Gang to Die", "Cosmic Dancer" with David Bowie, and the haunting anthem of an entire generation, "There is a Light that Never Goes Out". This is Morrissey, the charming man with the thorn in his side. Written by Nick Riganas

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UK

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English

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Chrysalis Television See more »
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Probably time to stop worshipping this man
22 June 2005 | by matthew-58See all my reviews

This was a reasonable documentary that caught up with '80s pop maverick Morrissey, who now lives in the lap of luxury in America. Still worshipped by legions of fans, lauded by trendy music critics and name-dropped by lots of recent bands, Morrissey remains a controversial and rather strange character. He proved in this documentary that he is still as funny and as acerbic as ever, although the music certainly isn't as fresh, vibrant or interesting as it was in the Smiths. The problem with the documentary, though, is that it demonstrated quite clearly that he still tends to stand against much more than he stands for. His devotion to vegetarianism has remained consistent, but his status as a political artist has no substance. He criticises Tony Blair and the Royals, just as he criticised Mrs Thatcher and the Royals back in his prime, but he offers no constructive, viable political views. He just criticises for the sake of it while living in opulence. He now represents the kind of wealth, luxury and smugness that his fans detested about his '80s pop contemporaries.

A funny, entertaining figure? Certainly. But a credible spokesman on the world's problems who should be taken as seriously as he obviously is by many? This documentary did nothing to quell my doubts about that.


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