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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
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Published August 24th 2014
Definitely not a documentary about common people
I guess Jarvis Cocker is one of the most important names in British music. Without any doubts, he deserves a film about himself put together with his iconic band Pulp. Afterall. they made Brit Pop more than just a music trend in early 90's.

Cocker formed Pulp in 1978; the band had a long career history and between ups and down, they decided to perform their last concert in Sheffield, in December 2012.

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is a documentary produced by the German director Florian Habitch about that specific gig's date and its meaning to fans, band and Sheffield itself.

A fine documentary about December 8th 2012 and the band's preparation to that important performance in their hometown.

As sixth most populated city in the UK, Sheffield is a quite distinctive one. Home of other famous bands like Human League, Def Leppard and Arctic Monkeys. Pulp is definitely part of this selective list and Fabian Habicht portrays the relationship between city and band in a very interesting way.

It's in the scene when an amateur football team uses Pulp as a sponsor in a football match for the day; or when an American fan comes all way down from Georgia just to watch the last band's gig announced; or a group of local young girls prepare a dancing routine for Disco 2000.

People from Sheffield and the band itself kept connected in different ways and in this way, Pulp helps keeps pop culture pretty much updated.

Curious events such as a Sheffield as a sexy city, a very "uncommon talk" that has Pulp as a subject, is also held by Owen Hatherly in town. As well as band members sharing their thoughts about love, fame, mortality & common issues of a not very ordinary life.

Meanwhile, footage of anthems such as Common People, Disco 2000, Underwear and Babies performed at the Sheffield Arena that night form part of the film. And nobody can deny watching Jarvis Cocker (and band) on stage is still something magic, nearly hypnotic.

What about the Jarvis' extravaganza on stage? Exhibitionist for some or an eccentric performer to others. In Cocker's mind, being on stage is not a simple act: you can live the moment on the stage. That is the reason what you wear is pretty much important. Like wearing an armour to join the battle. For Pulp, that night will be always remembered as a lifetime concert indeed.

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death & Supermarkets is about all the parallel histories before, during and after that date.

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