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Much more than a self-destructive drunk
Friday, September 25th, 2009

Tom DiCillo’s documentary film, When you’re strange: a film about the Doors, which is being shown here in the Zabaltegi- Specials section, only uses archive footage of the influential band with a narration by Johnny Depp that pulls the film together. DiCillo wanted to counteract the idea that Jim Morrrison was just a self-destructive drunk. In his opinion he really loved life but the world just wasn’t big enough for him. He also wanted to separate the myth from the human being and show he was a guy who was smart with a sense of humour. “I came to have a great respect for his intellect.” However, although the film focuses on Morrison, Di- Cillo was also keen to stress that he came to have a huge respect for the other three members of the band. He found it impossible to describe the genre of some of the music they made: “it’s like psychotic circus music.” All three of them have seen the film and have told him that they all feel he has told their story faithfully.


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