Ride the storm that was 'The Doors' in this first feature length documentary which looks at one of America's most "dark and dangerous bands", directed by cutting edge filmmaker Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp. Using only original footage shot between 1966 and 1971, "When You're Strange" opens a window into the band's world of fame, drugs and their fierce commitment to their music. Though Jim Morrison's struggles and excesses shape the film, this is the story of Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore; musicians whose insistence on artistic freedom and refusal to compromise inspired generations. This captivating film offers a glimpse into one of the most acclaimed rock bands and breaks on through to the world behind The Doors.
- When You're Strange review by RP
I've been a Doors fan since first hearing their music waaaaaay back in 1967, have all their albums and have even made the pilgrimage to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Narrated by Johnny Depp, 'When You're Strange' is a documentary about the Doors, focussing on the lead singer, Jim Morrison. Morrison was the archetypal rock star – surly, profane, drug addicted, yet magnificent on stage. The author of pretentious poetry and great songs, he and the Doors remain one of the most influential rock bands of all time. With plenty of both well known and unseen footage of the band and plenty of music, the film has a contemporary feel; however I didn't find that the commentary offered many new insights. But all in all, an excellent documentary which can be recommended to anyone interested in the Doors.
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