The Who in Quadrophenia
Dir. Franc Roddam. 1979, 117 mins. 35mm. With Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Philip Davis. The battle between the Mods and the Rockers, alluded to in Hard Day’s Night, is played out in Quadrophenia. Youth, motor scooters, music, rebellion—these were the visible elements of England in the 1960s that belied the restlessness, disillusionment, and malaise fermenting beneath the surface of civil society. Based on The Who’s rock opera of the same name, the film follows an angst-ridden boy who falls in with the Mods to find his own meaning. Quadrophenia is an atmospheric coming-of-age tale that brings to life the world in which The Who grew up and found their inspiration.
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