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Dancing Barefoot (1995)

In this 1995 made-for television biopic, see legendary musician and filmmaker Ivan Kral as he made music history. With guitar and camera in the 70s, playing with Iggy Pop, Blondie and Patti... See full synopsis »

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In this 1995 made-for television biopic, see legendary musician and filmmaker Ivan Kral as he made music history. With guitar and camera in the 70s, playing with Iggy Pop, Blondie and Patti Smith Group, he triumphed, rising from refugee to rock icon.

Born in Prague, he made music his life from an early age. When his parents uprooted the family to flee to New York in 1966, he left behind a newly hatched music career at the top of the Czech pop chart.

He quickly took his place on the New York scene in the seminal days of punk rock playing and in many cases writing songs for punk legends in the making. He knew Iggy Pop, Blondie, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, New York Dolls, Heartbreakers, Shirts, Wayne County, Robert Gordon and many more as they really were locals at CBGB.

Its all on film, along with his return to Prague after the fall of Communism and his shaping of a new music industry for the Czech Republic. He conducted a living laboratory that was an entire ...

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Riding Patti's coattails
6 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

From the description, I expected to see a lot of documentary footage about Patti Smith, especially since the title was taken from one of Patti's most popular songs. (Ivan did co-write the tune). I was very disappointed to find that it was mostly a poorly produced documentary about Ivan, with a few moments from his days with the Patti Smith Group. Perhaps if it had been made a little more clear that this was the case, I would have enjoyed it more, but mostly it was some sort of "Ivan is the second coming of Christ" message, primarily put out by Ivan. Self-worship is rarely attractive. Ivan is a very talented musician, but apparently no one thinks he is as talented as he does.


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