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Anton Corbijn, Asserting 'Control'

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Anton Corbijn, Asserting 'Control'

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Anton Corbijn, Asserting 'Control'

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Photographer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn

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Anton Corbijn's acclaimed 2007 film, Control — based on the life of post-punk musician Ian Curtis, who killed himself in 1980 at age 23 — won a trio of prizes at the Cannes Film Festival and took home a range of other international awards. The movie, which was Corbijn's first feature, has just come out on DVD.

Curtis was vocalist and lyricist for Joy Division, an influential post-punk band. He and Corbijn met each other when the filmmaker, who's also a photographer, was shooting photos of the band.

Corbijn, who's also directed music videos for bands such as Depeche Mode, Nirvana and U2, talks to Terry Gross about Curtis, about making Control, and about his varied career.