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This is one to watch more than once; it's packed with life and adventures
on 27 October 2016
Patti Smith probably has a niche following. She's an enigmatic indivividual, but she's multi talented, charismatic and whether it's her poetry, singing, artwork or photography, she's often spell binding. i recently listened to her reading her book Just Kids, which is autobiographical and covers, in the main, the years she spent with Robert Mapplethorp. Her account is lyrical and compelling and this DVD is an excellent companion to and follow on from the book.
Even if you've never heard of Patti, or know little about her, this film is an eloquent and and fascinating insight into her life and work. She's very much her own person and is largely uncompromising in the way she's lived her life and worked towards her various goals. She seems to have packed a number of lifetimes into her years. Her experiences are diverse and different and she's a truly extraordinary individual.
This film is exquisitely shot, some fly on the wall, some direct narration and some art shots. It's never boring and it's a remarkable account. Despite her sometimes brash onstage presence, there are many glimpses here of a very different person; one filled with compassion and live as a wife, mother and friend. I enjoyed this enormously.