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Directed by David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker

United States, United Kingdom 1989 117 mins. In English

The Saturday, February 9 @ 7:00pm screening of Depeche Mode will go on as scheduled.

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Touring with British electronic pop group Depeche Mode on their headlining 1988 US tour, documentarians Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, along with collaborator David Dawkins, shine a light on a music powerhouse just reaching the height of their powers in the year preceding the release of their masterpiece, 1990’s Violator. Having already cracked the US top 100 with three consecutive albums—Some Great Reward (1984), Black Celebration (1986), and Music for the Masses (1987)—the band had a legion of adoring fans stateside, who came out in droves to a series of concerts culminating in the band’s appearance at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl in late 1988. But 101 is no ordinary performance documentary, as the band, with Hegedus and Pennebaker signed on, created a dance contest for their fans, the winners of which would travel on a bus from New York to California for the show. Oscillating between candid scenes with their teenage fans and behind-the-scenes footage of the band, the film culminates with thrilling live performances at this career-making concert.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 36