Eleven years in the making, this DVD is a unique and intimate portrait of the renowned singer, songwriter, poet and activist. Smith's 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.Â The film follows Smith's 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, and her political causes.
Lenny Kaye,Oliver Ray,Tony Shanahan,Jay Dee Daugherty,Patti Smith
Steven Sebring's directorial debut takes a lyrical, stream-of-consciousness approach that is exactly right in his affecting portrait of the rock 'n' roll Joan of Arc (Stephen Holden, The NY Times) who can bring a crowd of devotees to their feet chanting Glor-i-a! as effectively as she can share her pain over the early death of her husband, Fred (Sonic) Smith and her brother, and the loss of her close friend Robert Mapplethorpe and of other artists she admires (Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs). Everyone knows that Patti Smith's music, poetry and politics are fearless, funny, raw and original. But this film also captures her physical presence her gamine beauty and a charming, self-effacing style that will take you by surprise and leave you deeply moved.