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Patti Smith: Dream of Life (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 2 April 2008 (France)
An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

Director:

Steven Sebring
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Patti Smith ... Herself: vocals and clarinet
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Himself: guitar
Oliver Ray Oliver Ray ... Himself: guitar
Tony Shanahan Tony Shanahan ... Himself: bass and vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty Jay Dee Daugherty ... Himself: drums
Jackson Smith Jackson Smith ... Himself
Jesse Smith Jesse Smith ... Himself
Tom Verlaine ... Himself
Sam Shepard ... Himself
Philip Glass ... Himself
Benjamin Smoke Benjamin Smoke ... Himself
Flea ... Himself
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An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself.

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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan] | Palm Pictures | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Patti Smith Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,703, 15 August 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,918, 17 August 2008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was created over 11 years. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

References Bob Dylan: Dont Look Back (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Cartwheels
Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Performed by Patti Smith
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Not a Great Documentary, or Even a Great Music Film
16 April 2010 | by TheExpatriate700See all my reviews

Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a frankly disappointing documentary which gives little real insight into its subject. Made by Patti Smith herself, the film tends to gloss over large sections of her life, without giving viewers an understanding of their significance. Even more annoyingly, given that its musical focus, it is largely lacking in concert footage.

For example, although the film mentions Smith's friendship with Robert Mapplethorpe, it fails to delve into what influence he might have had on Smith's artistry. Given that this case represented two of the major artists of the twentieth century living together, one would have thought this would merit a sustained discussion.

The lack of musical footage is also glaring. In the end, we are interested in Smith not because of her life or opinions, but because of her music. That should have been a far greater element within the piece.

Ultimately, those who want to learn more about Patti Smith would be better off seeking out her memoir, or finding a good interview with her.


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