07 May "When You're Strange"
Five music documentaries you need to watch
Monday, April 30, 2012
By Tim Butters | Yahoo! Contributor Network
When You’re Strange
Nearly 40 years after Jim Morrison’s death in a Paris bathtub, Doors fans were blown away by much of the new and rarely seen footage in Tom DiCillo’s 2009 documentary ‘When You’re Strange’. Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek described the film as everything the 1991 Oliver Stone film wasn’t, namely less Hollywood and much more real. Using nothing but archive footage, including a host of groundbreaking musical performances by the band, the documentary captures in 86 captivating minutes the full raging glory of The Doors story. The only weak point is Johnny Depp’s unnecessary dramatic and hammy narration. That aside however, and you have a documentary which is tellingly evocative of the 1960s. Through intimate and behind the scenes footage it also paints a portrait of Jim Morrison as a talented and troubled man rather than a monstrous and magical myth. Although it does fall into the deadly romantic trap of opening with Jimbo cruising along in the car listening to his own death being broadcast on the radio. But hey man, that’s rock n’ roll.