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Lech Kowalski

D.O.A. : a Rite of Passage

United-States / 1981 / Color / 16 mm Blow up to 35 mm / 90’

http://www.lechkowalski.com

Primarily a record of The Sex Pistols’ first and last tour of America, in 1978, also a study of disintegration and self-destruction: Indeed, the nonmusical highlight is a truly harrowing interview with Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen shortly before their deaths. We also witness Johnny Rotten feuding with the other Pistols off-stage and with the nonplussed and belligerent audiences while on stage. As a document of British Punk at its most naked and powerful, D.O.A. is without equal.
John A. Platt. Lincoln Center NYC CineRock film festival

“For me, punk symbolised the last idealist vision of the world”, Lech tells us. “A romantic and beautiful vision of a world at war. Yes, it was a war, charged with energy, denouncing the capitalist system we were heading for. Malcolm McLaren had planned the Sex Pistols’ tour itself like an invasion to take the soft belly of redneck America by storm. New York had been carefully avoided – too big! In fact, the tour had originally been planned for the New York Dolls. The band was starting to hit the skids and McLaren wanted to get them back on track. But Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan were high from morning to night. One day, they just quit and went back to New York… So McLaren went back to England. That’s how he had the idea of palming the tour off on the Sex Pistols.”
Lech Kowalski

Technical sheet

Original version : English.
Photography : Lech Kowalsi, Rufus Standefer, Ron Zimmermann, Joe Sutherland, Jared Fitzgerald, Raifi Ferrucci, Peter Chapman.
Editing : Val Kuklowsky, Lech Kowalski.
Sound : Ron Yoshida, Doug Jackson, David King, Marshall Grupp, Athan Gigiakos.
Music : Sex Pistols, X-Ray Spex, Generation X, Iggy Pop, The Dead Boys, clash, Augustus Pablo, Terry and the Idiots, Sham 69, The Rich Kids.
Production : Extinkt Films.
Distribution : Revolt Cinema (Odile Allard).

Director

Lech Kowalski

Filmography

  • On va tout péter, 2019.
  • I Pay For Your Story, 2017.
  • Holy Field Holy War, 2013.
  • Drill Baby Drill, 2013.
  • The End of the World Begins with One Lie, 2010.
  • FUCK, 2009.
  • Police Force Ouvrière, 2009.
  • camerawar.tv,  2008.
  • Winners and Losers, 2007.
  • East of Paradise, 2005.
  • Diary of a Married Man, 2005.
  • Charlie Chaplin in Kabul, 2003.
  • Camera Gun, 2003.
  • Hey is Dee Dee Home, 2003.
  • On Hitler’s Highway, 2002.
  • Born to Lose (the Last Rock and Roll Movie), 2001.
  • The Boot Factory, 2000.
  • Rock Soup, 1991.
  • Chico and the People, 1991.
  • Gringo, Story of a Junkie, 1984.
  • Break Dance Test, 1984.
  • D.O.A (A Rite of Passage), 1981.
  • Walter and Cutie, 1978.
  • Sex Stars, 1977.

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