SID AND NANCY Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks February 7th – ‘Strange Brew’
SID AND NANCY (1986) screens Wednesday, February 7th at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, MO 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5
SID AND NANCY, the powerful and mesmerizing biopic centred around the life and times, and general demise and downward spiral of The Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and his drug-addicted American girlfriend Nancy Spungen is nothing short of harrowing and moving in equal measure. This is thanks in part to both the directorial eye of Alex Cox, and the performances of the two leads Gary Oldman and Chloe Webb. Oldman portrays Vicious as he apparently really was, a moody young man who was easily led, as is portrayed in the movie. Chloe Webb is equally as good, portraying Nancy as a volatile and often loose cannon on even more of a self-destructive mission than Sid. According to former members of the Pistols, she was the defining influence on Sid and was said to have introduced him to the class A drugs that eventually would lead to his death. This film is accurate to the times and events, and the scenes depicted here are based upon true memoirs. SID AND NANCY is primarily the story about the couple, with the Sex Pistols more in the background. There are excellent supporting performances, in particular from Andrew Schofield as lead singer Johnny Rotten, sneering out the words to ‘Anarchy in the U.K’, and a memorable scene along the Thames where the band performed ‘God Save The Queen’. A particular highlight is Sid Vicious’s bizarre rendition of Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’, performed almost identically by Gary Oldman to that of the real video. Don’t miss SID AND NANCY next week at Schlafly Bottleworks.