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Aro Recommended Patti Smith: Dream of Life


USA 2008, 109 minutes
Dir. Steven Sebring
Genres: Documentary, Music / Arts & Artists, Punk, Girl-centric


Aroview: Narrated by the rock icon herself, this intimate, lyrical observation of Patti Smith's art and philosophy plays rather like a sitting through one of her classic albums - an organic, impressionistic collage of sight and sound, with her gift and passion for the spoken word taking centre stage.

Smith both preserves and dispels her image as overly earnest, 'angry' figure, to reveal herself as a amiable middle-aged woman, loving daughter and proud mother, who is both relaxed in body and resolved in spirit. Lovingly made over the course of ten years, this might be too short on incident or controversy to grab the uninitiated, but fans will find this satisfying and worthy of her legacy and stature as an artist.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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