#9. Joy Division (2007)

When I was a teen, my friend Ben managed to get his hands on a VHS taping of a Joy Division show (when such things were hard to find). We studied Ian Curtis’ movements, looking for clues about his lost soul. This documentary finally fulfilled that yearning, and gave imagery to the haunting soundtrack of part of my adolescence.

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Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He is a former Premiere magazine senior editor, who graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom's freelance work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The Hollywood Reporter and other publications. He has written several Kindle Singles, including the bestselling Kindle Singles Interview: Ken Burns. Tom's current list of favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi by Godfrey Reggio; 2. Hoop Dreams by Steve James; 3.Stories We Tell by Sarah Polley; 4.Crumb by Terry Zwigoff; 5. Montage of Heck by Brett Morgen