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When You're Strange
A film about The Doors
A documentary about the life of California rock band The Doors, written and directed by Tom DiCillo and narrated by Johnny Depp. Makes public for the first time material from Jim Morrison's 1969 film fragment ‘HWY: An American Pastoral’, and spans the period from the band’s formation through to Morrison’s death in 1973, aged just 27.
I've been listening to The Doors for over thirty years now. I distinctly remember the first track I ever heard from them. It was L.A. Woman on the cassette deck in my dads old Datsun Cherry. My dad was cool. When I was young he knew the things that were important for a young kid, history and music. I discovered bands through him that none of my classmates knew of. The Doors, The Band, Fleetwood Mac, Cream, The Byrds, Led Zeppelin, they were the first artists that really gripped me from an early age. I think he'd be proud I still love all these bands all these years later, but for me The Doors were the band that were the…
When You're Strange is a surprisingly good documentary on Jim Morrison, and to a lesser extent, The Doors, made up entirely of archival footage and a soft narration read by Johnny Depp.
We found the blu-ray in Sweden for only 10 sek (about $1.15 in USD) and it proved to be much better than a documentary laying in a bin, just asking to be brought home had any right to be.
For most of the movie, I thought for sure the images of Jim Morrison driving around in the desert was some bizarre reenactment by a lookalike because it was so clean/sharp in comparison to the rest of the film, but it's actually footage from HWY: An American Pastoral (1969).…
I admit to having only a passing interest in The Doors, though a few years back I read the Light My Fire biography penned by their keyboardist Ray Manzarek and, as a result, gained new level of respect for ther music. Biographies can often make music more interesting in the same way that behind-the-scenes information about films can shed new light and reveal extra layers of understanding. So it was with some anticipation that came to watch When You're Strange.
It's an odd kind of documentary. The level of access to footage (some of it unseen before, I believe) is quite amazing, including late footage of Morrison's HWY project that could easily have been shot in the modern day, and…
A great look into the history of one of my favorite bands. The footage is all very good and Johnny Depp provides some nice narration. Recommended for all fans of The Doors.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite
Narrated by Johnny Depp, whose voice seemed to be born to do voice, When you are are strange tells the tale about the enigma called Jim Morrison and the band that during its hey day managed to get The Who to do their support program.
As a documentary, When you are strange, doesn't show or tell new information that any fan would already know, apart from the fact that the Doors still manage to sell 1.000.000 albums per year.
Still, seeing those old images of Jim Morrison and that twinkle in his eye, genius covered up in insecurity he did embody the late 1960s rather perfectly. Alcohol and drugs might have killed his body but with his poems and lyrics he achieved an immortal status.
A must see for any Doors fans.
also can be titled "when depression hits"
As a documentary it's par for the course, and I can't stand the sound of Johnny Depp's affected voice -- it's like he's still trying to channel, in his high-school way, Hunter S. Thompson -- but that restored footage from HWY and Feast of Friends -- wow.
Fort intéressant documentaire sur les Doors, dont le concept est exécuté de manière pertinente et percutante. L'idée de constituer le film à partir d'images d'archives seulement nous change du tout-venant des documentaires : au lieu de "têtes parlantes" qui se remémorent d'une époque révolue, nous vivons, en direct, ladite époque.
L'immersion est d'autant plus grande qu'on sent ces fameuses années 1960. WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE fait entre autres ressortir comment le cliché du "peace and love" était réducteur et à quel point la fin des années 1960 fut une époque de crise, de remises en question et de turbulences sociales, politiques et économiques.
Le fan du groupe que je suis a toujours entretenu une relation ambivalente envers Jim Morrison. J'ai entre…
also can be titled "when depression hits"
More a seminar class on The Doors, as opposed to a deep dive. Still, of interest as an introduction.
Cool idea making the doc completely out of archive footage and voice-over, but the downfall is that it sometimes feels a bit like a slideshow or PowerPoint. That's made a bit worse by how strong the writer's presence becomes, telling us what Morrison "was" when the movie probably should be leaving that part up to us. But it's interesting, especially since I knew so little about Morrison/The Doors before watching.
The tough part, I guess, is that since the '60s were such a loaded and fascinating time, it sometimes seems easy to take eccentricity and a litlte bit of craziness and pass it off for loaded and fascinating, use certain examples or personalities to personify the age. The film doesn't…
Everything you need/ever want to know about The Doors
This film was so great it deserved an immediate re-watch. I love The Doors. So much.
Johnny Depp very lazily narrates this very lazily written documentary about The Doors. You'll learn nothing about them that you didn't already know. Except maybe that Mr Mojo Risin is an anagram. I didn't know that. It's not very interesting.
Fucking great music though.
A good documentary, not great but really good. I've never been such a diehard fan of The Doors but this was nice.
This is a list of every rock music documentary that I have come across. I also threw in some other…