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The Importance Of Being Morrissey

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Originally aired in the UK on Channel 4 (June 8, 2003). Director: Tina Flintoff, Ricky Kelehar.

Synopsis from the IMDB entry:

Featuring interviews by famous fans and followers, this rare documentary encapsulates the essence of the controversial, enigmatic, and deliciously melancholic bard. This is Morrissey, the charming man with the thorn in his side.


Referring to the gifted Irish poet Oscar Wilde's farcical 1895 play, The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, The Importance of Being Morrissey attempts to encapsulate the essence of the emblematic former The Smiths' singer, Morrissey. Featuring interviews by famous Morrissey fans such as U2's Bono; Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling; Oasis' Noel Gallagher; The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, and Morrissey's next-door-neighbour, Nancy Sinatra, indeed, this documentary is a rare treat for his dedicated followers. Controversial, enigmatic, photogenic, and above all, a musical genius, the deliciously melancholic bard never fails to fill stadiums--including the pulsating with energy and excitement, Royal Albert Hall, where Morrissey sings "Suedehead", "The First of the Gang to Die", "Cosmic Dancer" with David Bowie, and the haunting anthem of an entire generation, "There is a Light that Never Goes Out". This is Morrissey, the charming man with the thorn in his side. — Nick Riganas


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