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Patti Smith: Dream of Life2008

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  • 4.1
Eleven years in the making, PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE is a unique and intimate portrait of the renowned singer, songwriter, poet, and activist. Patti Smith's music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. Photographer-director Steven Sebring creates a beautiful collage of images, memories and performances illuminating the complexities and capturing the essence of this distinctive, legendary icon. The film traces Patti Smith's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Smith narrates the film touching on her early days in New York City, the people dearest to her (late husband Fred "Sonic" Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others), her family, and the political causes she champions. Through beautiful cinematography (both black & white and color), Sebring captures the essential nature of this vital and relevant American artist.

Member Reviews (5)

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unwatchable,total waste of time

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This is a gorgeously shot meditation on death and redemption through art. Much of the film is in grainy black and white and color, which just gives everything the feeling of an old photograph — perhaps a photo shot from the camera that Ms. Smith totes around on her world travels throughout the movie.

This is the third or fourth time I've watched it and I still find it remarkably engrossing. The lives that touched Smith — William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorpe — and the lives that she in turn touched — Flea, Michael Stipe, and so many more — are shown in the film to be a continuum of life and experience...and from all that art is produced. A lovely film.

Lovely film of a lovely person.

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Hated it, what a bunch of slobs