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 HomeFilmDocumentaryPatti Smith Dream of Life
Patti Smith Dream of Life

a film by Steven Sebring



Running Time109 minutes

RatingNot Rated


Critic's Pick - The New York Times

"An act of rapturous devotion...joyous, elegiac, warm and vibrantly present." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Steven Sebring's gorgeous, up-close-and-personal doc about the legendary rocker is both a journey into Smith's storied past and a portrait of her life today." - Sara Cardace, New York Magazine

"a dream of a movie; gauzy, free-associative and reverberant" - Carina Chocano, The Los Angeles Times

"I imagine you could call Dream of Life a loving meditation on a one-of-a-kind performer. And you don't have to be a Smith fan to enjoy. - V.A. Musetto, New York Post


Eleven years in the making, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a unique and intimate portrait of the renowned singer, songwriter, poet, and activist. Patti 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. The film traces Patti Smith's punk-poet roots through the trials of daily life and untimely deaths that have formed her life and art. Smith narrates the film touching on her early days in New York City, the people dearest to her (late husband Fred 'Sonic' Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others), her family, and the political causes she champions.

Through beautiful cinematography (both black & white and color), Sebring captures the essential nature of this vital and relevant American artist.

16 Page booklet with photos and writings by Steven and Patti
Deleted Scenes
Jackson (an interview with Patti's son, Jackson Smith)
16min (raw footage montage)
Theaterical Trailer

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