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I loved this movie from start to finish. Simultaneously hilariously funny and movingly poignant, New York Doll is one of the most well-rounded and fulfilling documentaries/biographies I've seen. A screenwriter couldn't have created a more compelling story. I don't know how you could be disappointed by this film. And the music is amazing! Where can I get the soundtrack? At times I found myself laughing so hard that I missed the next funny part, so I'll obviously need to see the picture multiple times. The juxtaposition of music is so effective at illustrating the dichotomy between Killer Kane's lifestyles at various points in his life. All of the music is beautiful and moving, just in different directions. I was thrilled to learn of the far-reaching influence of the Dolls. Although I knew they were an influential force in the early '70s, I had NO idea of the reach they had. So many of my favorite bands were live and in person on this film and attesting to the inspiration they received from the Dolls. Also impressive was the raw use of graphics in illustrating musical family trees and timezones, both of the Dolls and of Killer's life. Although obviously at peace with himself and with his world, Killer Kane was a good example of the long-term effects of substance use (his unfortunate accidents notwithstanding). I highly recommend this film!
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