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"American Masters" The Doors: When You're Strange (2009)

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When You're Strange: Season 24: Episode 3 -- A look at the late '60s and early '70s rock band The Doors, including rare exclusive footage.

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Tom DiCillo (written by)
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Original Air Date:
17 January 2009 (Season 24, Episode 3)
Plot:
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Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Johnny Depp ... Narrator (voice)

John Densmore ... Himself (archive footage)

Robby Krieger ... Himself (archive footage)

Ray Manzarek ... Himself (archive footage)

Jim Morrison ... Himself (archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Ladd ... Himself (voice)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ed Sullivan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Tom DiCillo 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Tom DiCillo (written by)

Produced by
John Beug .... producer
Tim Deluca .... supervising producer (as Tim DeLuca)
Bill Guttentag .... executive producer
Jeff Jampol .... producer (as Jeffrey Jampol)
Peter Jankowski .... producer
Cory Lashever .... associate producer
Dick Wolf .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Micky Blythe 
Kevin Krasny 
 
Production Management
Mark Dragin .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Harber .... production sound mixer
Gary A. Hecker .... foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor
Babe Hill .... sound: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
Jeffrey Kaplan .... dialogue editor
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Andy Koyama .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Marino .... foley mixer
Bill Meadows .... recordist
Alex Parker .... assistant sound editor
Derek Pippert .... foley supervisor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Frank Smathers .... supervising effects editor
Jack Snyder .... stage engineer
 
Visual Effects by
Gus Comegys .... graphic design
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Ferrara .... cinematography: archive footage
Paul Ferrara .... director of photography: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
 
Editorial Department
Rich Calzada .... additional support: FotoKem
Anna Coker .... additional support: FotoKem
Gus Comegys .... on-line editor
Megan D'Arco .... assistant editor (as Megan Robb)
Timothy Doiron .... additional support: FotoKem
Lukasz Druzynski .... additional support: FotoKem
Andy Gizzarelli .... producer: FotoKem
Jana Lynn Gold .... assistant editor (as Jana Carson)
Robinson Gomez .... additional support: FotoKem
Ryanne Higley .... additional support: FotoKem
Melissa Lichtle .... additional support: FotoKem
Frank Lisciandro .... editor: "HWY" & "Feast of Friends"
Oscar Rene Lozoya II .... editorial assistant
Michael Martinez .... additional support: FotoKem
Jonathan Newkirk .... additional support: FotoKem
Shin W. Peng .... assistant editor (as Shin Peng)
Anthony Purpura .... additional support: FotoKem
Jon Rocke .... additional support: FotoKem
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital intermediate colorist: FotoKem
Erin White .... additional support: FotoKem
Kim Young .... additional support: FotoKem
 
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music mixer
Bruce Botnick .... music producer
Bruce Botnick .... music recordist
Tom DiCillo .... performer: additional music
The Doors .... music producer
Paul A. Rothchild .... music producer
 
Other crew
William Meny .... assistant to executive producer
Deborah Ricketts .... clearances
Deborah Ricketts .... footage researcher
 
Thanks
Peter Benedek .... additional thanks
Gayle Boulware .... additional thanks
John Branca .... additional thanks (as John Branca Esq.)
Emily Burton .... special thanks
James Burton .... special thanks
Judith Burton .... additional thanks
David Byrnes .... additional thanks (as David Byrnes Esq.)
Joe Carlone .... additional thanks
Pearl Courson .... special thanks
Kristel Crews .... additional thanks
Christi Dembrowski .... additional thanks
Dixie Dunbar .... additional thanks
Dave Dutkowski .... additional thanks
Charlie Engel .... additional thanks
Brittany Erlbaum .... additional thanks
Jason Forman .... additional thanks
Robbie Freeman .... acknowledgment: archival material provided by
Hibah Frisina .... additional thanks
Dylan Graham .... special thanks
Sefton Graham .... special thanks
Tristan Graham .... special thanks
Kathleen Hallberg .... additional thanks (as Kathy Halberg Esq.)
Babe Hill .... additional thanks
Lynn Krieger .... special thanks
Murray Lerner .... acknowledgment: "Isle of Wight" directed by
Frank Lisciandro .... additional thanks
Jerry Mandel .... special thanks (as Jerry Mandel Esq.)
Dorothy Manzarek .... special thanks
Anne Morrison-Chewning .... special thanks
Hervé Müller .... acknowledgment: Jim in Paris photographs ©
Lou Reisman .... special thanks (as Lou Reisman Esq.)
Raeanne Rubenstein .... acknowledgment: archival material provided by
Danny Sugerman .... additional thanks
Jay Sures .... additional thanks
Randall Wixen .... additional thanks
Keenan Wyatt .... additional thanks
Gilles Yepremian .... acknowledgment: Jim and Pam in Paris photograph ©
 

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Rated R for some sexual content including references, nudity, drug material and language
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86 min | USA:90 min (Sundance Film Festival)
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Documentary Of An Avant-garde Band, 22 July 2010
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

"When You're Strange" recounts quite well the history of the 1960s rock band "The Doors" and its famous, charismatic vocalist Jim Morrison. Using archival and backstage footage, some early home pictures of Morrison, and integrating a history of the band's roots and rocky ride with then-current social upheavals, the film conveys all the chaos, change, and creativity that marked that turbulent era.

Some of the narrative retells information that the band's devotees have known for decades, like the origin of the name "The Doors", a reference to Aldous Huxley's 1954 book "The Doors Of Perception". And the very first song Robby Krieger wrote was "Light My Fire". But old details can be informative to new fans.

The film's choppy structure probably had some symbolic significance. But the first five minutes seemed unnecessary. And I could have done without the scenes of Morrison driving a car through the desert, which seemed irrelevant and out of context.

As someone who has been mesmerized by The Doors for a long time, I don't think I learned anything new. Yet, the never-before-seen visuals, Morrison's on-stage performances and backstage personality, combined with all that strange music, at times carnivalesque and at other times bluesy, were enormously interesting. About midway through, Morrison comes across best, as he sings "Touch Me", accompanied by an orchestra.

What's disconcerting is the change in Morrison. He starts out innocent and shy, then quickly morphs into an outrageous showman. His indulgence in drugs and hard drinking did him no favors. However, that over-the-edge artistic style was common in the 1960s. And death arrived at the early age of 27 not only for Morrison, but also for Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and Morrison's girlfriend, Pamela Courson.

Forty years after his death, Jim Morrison still fascinates people. Part of that derives from his untimely death. But I think he and The Doors resonate today because they were musical poets, social revolutionaries who saw the inhumanity and evil in the world, and tried to change it, through music. With maybe a couple of exceptions, we do not now have comparably influential poets. Jim Morrison and The Doors call to us from the past.

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