This film won the award for “Best Documentary” at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Genre: Documentary | Music
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 (238 votes)
Runtime: 109 minutes
An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. Patti Smith has toured with Bob Dylan and written songs and music for Bruce Springsteen. She is a cult figure and icon who single-handedly crafted a bold new image of the female rock performer during the 1970s. She startled the music world when she came on the scene with her unapologetic, devil-may-care androgynous style - a distinctive fusion of punk rock and spoken poetry. Now 61 years old, she is still vibrant, impressive, active and always herself - as you can see when her passionate, deeply angry reading of the American Declaration of Independence merges into a ferocious and powerful indictment of George W. Bush. Patti Smith is a truly amazing and astonishingly performer who has influenced countless alternative bands like R.E.M., Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Talking Heads, as well as such “mainstream” musicians asThe Rolling Stones. For such a musical legend, she appears to be very personable and incredibly down-to-earth in this film.
This movie has an arty visual style, which dovetails perfectly, with Patti Smith's status as a dedicated artist and performer. At times, the film drags on a bit but overall it is a a wonderful documentary about a fascinating person. For those who are not yet familiar her, seeing this film is a good way to acquaint yourself with Patti Smith and her legendary accomplishments as an artist and musician.