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Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 6 August 2008 (USA)
An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.


Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Herself: vocals and clarinet
Lenny Kaye ...
Himself: guitar
Oliver Ray ...
Himself: guitar
Tony Shanahan ...
Himself: bass and vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty ...
Himself: drums
Jackson Smith ...
Jesse Smith ...
Benjamin Smoke ...


An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

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$30,918 (USA) (15 August 2008)

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The film was created over 11 years. See more »


Patti Smith: It's really funny when people ask you about that - How does it feel to be a rock icon? When they say that, I always think of Mt. Rushmore.
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References Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) See more »


Momento Mori
Written by Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Oliver Ray, Jay Dee Daugherty and 'Tony Shanahan'
Performed by Patti Smith
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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6 December 2008 | by (Prague) – See all my reviews

It is OK to make a sentimental family movie - but it is not polite to bother other people by distributing it! "Vanity" is the word that describes this movie. However, it asks couple of questions: are the artists really incapable of talking about their own work (no, not all of them, I believe)? Second, does Patti Smith really believe that her art will survive her - i.e. human being is mortal, poetry is immortal? Well, her books and Cd's are now on sale for couple of bucks, I am not sure in ten years it will be any better ... And finally, why does she treats herself as the most important thing in the universe ... thanks god for those punk bands that can make fun out of them. Well, if you have not seen this movie, you did not missed much. Play some of Patti Smith CDs instead - any of them is much better to this.

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