A Way of Life: Making Quadrophenia

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Arts Documentary hosted by Robert Elms, published by Momentum Productions in 2006 - English narration

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Two rival youth cults emerge - the mods and the rockers - with explosive consequences. For Jimmy (Phil Daniels) and his sharp-suited, pill-popping, scooter-riding mates, being a mod is a way of life, it's their generation. Together they head off to Brighton for an orgy of drugs, thrills, headline-making and violent clashes with the rockers. Set to the music of The Who's seminal rock opera, Quadrophenia is still one of the most definitive films of its time, vividly capturing the youth culture of Britain in the 1960's. It's over 30 years since the film Quadrophenia hit the world's cinema screens. Jimmy the Mod's search for identity against the backdrop of the May Bank Holiday riots of the 1960's, is regarded as the finest example of a British "youth" movie and a warmly remembered timepiece for a generation. Set against the backdrop of the Mods and Rockers riots of 1964, the film took its lead from The Who's classic rock opera of 1973. With a stellar cast including Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Wilcox and Police front man Sting, the film launched a whole generation of Britain's finest actors. Even today, the word Quadrophenia still resonates as a buzzword for youthful exuberance and Modernist imagery. As the generation that first saw it now approach their fifties with teenagers of their own, Quadrophenia has become a glorious benchmark for their own youthful excesses, hopes, dreams and nostalgia. To critics, admirers and casual observers, it's intriguing: what makes a 30 plus year-old film like Quadrophenia still appealing? And similarly, why do people return to it time and time again? For the first time, A WAY OF LIFE - MAKING QUADROPHENIA explores the making of Britain's great cult film and its subsequent influence on popular culture. With interviews with principal cast members, director Franc Roddam, scriptwriter Martin Stellman and other involved in the creation of the film, this is the definitive account of Britain's greatest youth movie. Although most would credit Quadrophenia as a "Mod" film, it displays more of the fury of the late 1970's than 1960's post-war austerity. Nonetheless, this slightly surreal, timeless atmosphere the film exudes, adds to its charm. Ultimately, Mod and 1960's references aside, Quadrophenia is a classic "boy meets girl, loses girl" parable; a theme which is perennially identifiable with.

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Video Codec: XviD 1.1.0 Beta 2
Video Bitrate: 1457 kbps
Video Resolution: 640x352
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.818:1 (16:9)
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: 0x0055 MPEG-1 Layer 3
Audio Bitrate: 130kb/s VBR 44100 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 1 h 1 min
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 699 MB
Source: DVD
Encoded by: unknown@ex-VeeHD

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