Here is the latest Kermode Uncut Film Club choice - the Citizen Kane of British pop movies - Slade In Flame. Watch the intro, screen the film and let me know what you think.

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Guanajuatogal

    on 6 Apr 2013 20:48

    As a ki d, I always thought it was Slade in (the film) "Flame" and not "Slade in Flame"

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  • Comment number 81. Posted by Guanajuatogal

    on 5 Apr 2013 09:41

    Just happened to be chatting with my husband about the wonderful Slade this morning and during the conversation (and the singing) I asked " didn't Slade have a film called "Flame"? " then proceeded to look it up and came across your blog. I have never actually seen the film as I was a little too young to be allowed (!) at the time and there were no cinemas in my town. Definitely will do now so will keep you posted!

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  • Comment number 80. Posted by noizefeeler

    on 3 Jan 2013 11:47

    Mark - You have given a very good review of the film.

    I know the Slade guys -and I was at the London premiere of the film in Feb 1975.

    Interestingly, you compared Slade's performance to that of Mud (in "Never Too Young To Rock"). Two of the Mud members (Les Gray and Dave Mount - both now deceased) were at the premiere and I asked them at the time how their film compared to the Slade movie. In no uncertain terms Les Gray said that it didn't compare. And the Slade movie was "absolutely brilliant"....

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  • Comment number 79. Posted by nod

    on 19 Dec 2012 15:43

    saw this film as teenager back in 1975 and was amazed just how good it was when i saw it again the other day, tune into Slade Nite BBC4 21st Dec for more of these guys.

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  • Comment number 78. Posted by howdoesitfeel

    on 31 Oct 2012 13:55

    It seems to me that there were a number of rather bleak yet affecting British movies in the 1970s about working class men in extraordinary situations. They tended to open up interesting narratives around masculine aspirations, only to bring down the protagonists with a real sense of negative closure. Frequently these male protagonists were, to varying degrees, driven, selfish and ultimately defeated....Get Carter, McVicar, That'll be the Day/Stardust,The Long Good Friday, The Squeeze, Villain, Quadrophenia and Slade in Flame. What they seem to share is a desire by their creators to explore the grim world of seventies masculinity while imbuing it with a sense of pathos...something which resonated on television with The Sweeney.

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  • Comment number 77. Posted by videoshark

    on 13 Sept 2012 17:22

    This is the first of the Film Club that I have took part in. The first two I had seen before and was not too keen on revisiting them although I do like Breathless. Slade In Flame is a film I have been keen on seeing since I read about it in 'It's Only A Movie' but I thought it sounded more like a guilty pleasure like 'Howard The Duck' or something like that.
    I could not imagine a compelling story being made around Slade but when I sat down to watch it the other night I was very suprised indeed. From the opening crane shot, to Noddy Holder being pad locked inside a coffin I was really enjoying myself. Even though I was forewarned about the dark tone of the film I still felt shocked by some of the of the scenes. Tom Conti really stole the show with his understated performance. The scene where his daughter's bedroom is vandalised is quite frightning especially since he seems so calm by the whole thing as if this is part of the business. "It's just paint!" he quickly states as though that makes it okay.
    A brave and culturally significant film that makes you think about the fickel nature of modern pop acts even more as they only wish they were Slade. Thank you for sharing this piece of cinema wisdom. Can't wait for the next one. Maybe something more upbeat?

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  • Comment number 76. Posted by palpon

    on 12 Sept 2012 08:51

    Just had to write in to say a big thank you for making me aware this film even existed. Was not a big slade fan before and would not even have considered watching this. I kind of thought slade in flame would have been like the Vic reeves and Bob Mortimer sketches, but how wrong i was. Thought Noddy Holder seemed very natural and comfortable in the role, easily the best actor in the group, although the other three did exceedingly well. Slade in flame, for me, has got be the best rock movie i have seen. Forget those Daft cliche'd David Essex movies this is the one. Again many thanks Mark, please keep up the film club and may you continue to highlight hidden gems such as this

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  • Comment number 75. Posted by Fisher_King

    on 10 Sept 2012 11:00

    This film stunk so bad I got a letter of complaint from the Council. Gotta laugh at the constant references to its 'darkness'. You want dark, watch Festen. Not some bit of 70s retro-guff. And as for the Citizen Kane reference, well I just don't know where to even begin with that.

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  • Comment number 74. Posted by Size

    on 10 Sept 2012 08:09

    Despite the very effective blurring of reality and fiction, decent performances and a great soundtrack I found the story to be somewhat slow and uninteresting. I also didn't really care about what happened to the characters at the end. In Spinal Tap the band are FIRMLY in the downward spiral and the audience member is able to empathize much more easily as a result with each more and more desperate measure that the band tries. Spinal Tap's rise to (semi) fame at the end is made all the more powerful as a result. In Slade, the journey from rags to riches back to (sort of) rags was dealt with much too quickly for my liking and could have benefited from alot more fleshing out. I find it very difficult to judge ANY music film without comparing it to the genius of Spinal Tap... and so I found this to be slightly lackluster and dare I say it... a little boring! I did like the sound track!

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  • Comment number 73. Posted by Arni_Fannar

    on 9 Sept 2012 09:45

    Dear Kermode,
    I'll grant you that this film is not as unpleasant as the Beatles' films, but it does have problems that are significant. Between the random editing and the script leaving out key moments in the plot I felt a bit like I was watching an episode of David Lynch's Rabbits [featured in Inland Empire]. For instance, on the editing part, you have the scene where Flame is giving an interview on that boat and all of a sudden there's someone shooting at them, and then you cut from that to a conversation between Robert and that old board member in a flower garden, only to then cut back to the boat where the band is escaping from the gunman. A bit too sloppy. It often felt like the film didn't care about the audience and was just doing its own thing. Then it would have benefited from less focus on the band members acting juvenile and being obnoxious and more focus on how they were being scammed. A strange recommendation.

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