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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.


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




Complete credited cast:
Patti Smith ... Self - vocals and clarinet
Lenny Kaye Lenny Kaye ... Self - guitar
Oliver Ray Oliver Ray ... Self - guitar
Tony Shanahan Tony Shanahan ... Self - bass and vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty Jay Dee Daugherty ... Self - drums
Jackson Smith Jackson Smith ... Self
Jesse Smith Jesse Smith ... Self
Tom Verlaine ... Self
Sam Shepard ... Self
Philip Glass ... Self
Benjamin Smoke Benjamin Smoke ... Self
Flea ... Self


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

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Documentary | Music


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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 »


Written by Patti Smith
Performed by Patti Smith
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Gung Ho
13 February 2009 | by valis1949See all my reviews

PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE is a free-floating ramble through the life of one of America's premiere poets. The time sequences are hazy, her children appear and reappear at dramatically different ages, and this only adds to the visionary quality of the film. This is the farthest one could imagine from the standard Rock Bio that one might see on VH1. The Patti Smith of today seems just as interesting and dynamic as the artist who created HORSES many years ago. She is among the few contemporary artists who manage to connect the Beatnik sensibility of the late 50's and the rock and roll music of today's social and political activists. Hopefully, this film will spread her musical and poetic influence to people who may not be aware of her compelling aesthetic vision.

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Release Date:

2 April 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Patti Smith Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,993, 10 August 2008

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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