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'''''Control''''' is a 2007 {{Biopic}} about Ian Curtis and Music/JoyDivision, directed by Creator/AntonCorbijn (who had worked with the band as a photographer) as his directorial debut. It's possibly the only straight-up biopic about Ian's life that isn't a documentary.
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!! Tropes:
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: It's implied that Debbie feels this way about Annik.
* BadassBeard: Like the real Hook, Joe Anderson has a glorious beard.
* BreakupSong: "Love Will Tear Us Apart" is played after Curtis and his wife start to fall apart following his distance from her.
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Ian is usually quiet, but when's he's angry or yelling, he's ''scary.''
* TheCameo: Natalie Curtis, Ian's daughter, appears in the audience of the Derby Hall gig.
* ConvulsiveSeizures: Curtis was an epileptic, so this side of his life is also shown.
* CountryMatters: The band gets the atention of Creator/FactoryRecords head Tony Wilson with a note which simply states: "Joy Division, you cunt."
* CoverVersion: Sam Riley, Joe Anderson, James Anthony Pearson, and Harry Treadaway (as Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Bernard Sumner, and Stephen Morris respectively) all do the songs in the scenes where Joy Division plays live or records. The songs are: "Leaders of Men", "She's Lost Control", "Transmission", "Insight", "Disorder", "Isolation", "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Digital", "Dead Souls", and "Candidate".
** Music/TheKillers cover "Shadowplay" during the credits.
** Averted with "No Love Lost", and "Atmosphere", which were the original recordings by the real Joy Division.
* CultSoundtrack: Interestingly enough the soundtrack album has covers of the originals more than anything else.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peter Hook and Rob Gretton. So very much.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The entire film is shot in black and white. Justified as the vast majority of existing photos regarding the band are in black and white.
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler: Deborah doesn't return his feelings of staying with him, Ian sends her out which leads to a seizure. He recovers only to finally hit this point and commit suicide]].
* DoomedProtagonist: Everyone knows from the start that Ian Curtis eventually [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide]].
* DownerEnding: Ian commits suicide, Deborah ends up distraught (it doesn't help she was raising their daughter) and the band breaks up.
* ForegoneConclusion: Everyone knows the story will end with Ian committing suicide.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler: After Ian kills himself, the others are sitting sadly in a pub. Then, Gillian Gilbert shows up to comfort them. After she sits down the shot lingers on them.....showing the classic lineup for Music/NewOrder.]]
* FromBadToWorse: The final Joy Division gig at Derby Hall, with Ian frequently ducking off stage in order to combat a worsening seizure, forcing Alan Hempstall of Crispy Ambulance to step in for him. The gig ends in a riot.
* HappilyMarried: Ian and Debbie, at first.
* MrFanservice: There's quite a few shots of Ian shirtless, mostly early in the film.
** Peter Hook's shirts are sometimes slightly unbuttoned as well.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: In-universe. Tony tries to comfort Ian with this after the riot under FromBadToWorse, by saying the band's publicity will help them when they tour the US.
* OopNorth: The film takes place there. In fact the corresponding Wiki/TVTropes article used a shot of this movie to illustrate this.
* ParentalNeglect: Ian doesn't really spend much time with his daughter, Natalie. Then again, his epilepsy and commitment to the band makes it difficult.
* {{Retirony}}: Played with. Ian commits suicide on the eve of the band's first US tour.
* RunningGag: Ian and others are often making fun of Music/TheBuzzcocks's band name.
* TalentDouble: Averted by the actors. As previously stated above, they played the songs themselves, helped by there being plenty of ThreeChordsAndTheTruth songs. Sam Riley (who portrayed Curtis) having been the lead singer of a rock band once beforehand may have helped also.
* YourCheatingHeart: The implication of what starts Deborah's relationship with Ian to deteriorate. Ironically, in RealLife, both Ian and his 'lover' Annik Honoré were considered PlatonicLifePartners, with Annik constantly stating her relationship with Ian was platonic.
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