Eleven years in the making, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a unique and intimate portrait of the renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Patti Smiths music, poetry, and politics are fearless, funny, raw, and original. Photographer-director Steven Sebring creates a beautiful collage of images, memories and performances illuminating the complexities and capturing the essence of this distinctive, legendary icon. The film follows Patti Smiths punk-icon roots in the 70s through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Smith tells the story of her early days in New York City, the people that we dearest to her (her late husband Fred Sonic Smith, Allen Ginsburg, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others), her family, and the political causes for which she so deeply struggled. Through beautiful cinematography, (both black and white, and color), Sebring captures the essence nature of this vital and relevant American artist. –amazon
As a doc, it has no strenght, but as a portrait of her day-to-day life it's very appealing. Naturally, it could've been more investigative (I missed more Chelsea and Robert stuff), but watching Patti Smith, part woman, part God, talking about her life, memoirs and Art, is never too much. And the movie brings some nice live performances and some beautifully shot scenes-- those on Coney Island were really something.
heartfelt, occasionally fascinating (if a bit self-consciously "artistic") documentary about one of rock music's legitimate "living legends." smith is particularly illuminating on the subject of death.