Patti Smith: Dream of Life
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Filmmaker Steven Sebring directs this documentary about legendary musician Patti Smith, surveying her life, her career, and the philosophical and spiritual themes that have remained so potent in her work. Following her through 11 years of work and touring, the film explores Smith's artistry in music, painting, and poetry, offering intimate insight into the musician's often conflicted creative style. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
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"For all its transient black-and-white beauties, denies its subject the sort of solid context that would reveal the scale of her achievements. A patchy, frustrating, though loving tribute."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"There's a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film -- for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"Sebring's drifting tone might leave you bemused, but take it as it comes and it's a captivating insight into modern music's godmother."
‑ Kat Brown, Empire Magazine
"There are flashes of insight and genuinely moving moments in this long, meandering, wildly indulgent movie record of poet and singer-songwriter Patti Smith."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"...succeeds in showing Patti Smith as a talented, compassionate together woman who knows what she is and what she wants in life. Unfortunately, there was too much fodder mixed in to hold my interest..."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"That spirit of encountering the world with undying artistic curiosity -- and without a plan -- informs Dream of Life, a drifting portrait of Smith."
‑ Dan DeLuca, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dream of Life barely hints at the transformational energy that Smith exudes in person, but it does paint a portrait of a defiantly creative life."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"An extraordinarily intimate portrait of an extraordinary woman, Dream of Life charms despite being filmed through a sycophantic haze."
‑ Hannah Forbes Black, Film4
"Smith, an eloquent subject with a wry view on her life, generously pays tribute to such influential mentors as Dylan, Burroughs and Ginsberg. Her fans should be entranced."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Sebring took his time filming it and takes his time letting his film unfold, but he has captured it all with a lack of convention that mirrors its subject."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"If you don't already own "Horses," this movie will make you want to go out and buy it. You'll also want to start surfing the Internet to fill in the blanks that Dream of Life fails to include."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"Patti Smith: Dream of Life, fashion photographer Steven Sebring's impressionistic study of the most influential of punk poets, disarms and charms with its honesty."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"While it fails to place Smith's work and her significance in context, the film certainly captures her charisma, wit and passion."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Succeeds in making the 109 minute running time feel like at least eight of the eleven years he took to shoot the film."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"Patti Smith: Dream of Life vividly illustrates the rewards and pitfalls of a documentary film that is completely enamored of its subject."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
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