“There Are Things Known And There Are Things Unknown And Beween Are… The Doors” (Jim Morrison)

The Doors is a 1991 film about Jim Morrison and The Doors. It was directed by Oliver Stone, and stars Val Kilmer as Morrison, Meg Ryan as Pamela Courson (Morrison’s companion), Kevin Dillon as John Densmore, Kyle MacLachlan as Ray Manzarek, Frank Whaley as Robby Krieger and Kathleen Quinlan as Patricia Kennealy.

The film is very much focused on Morrison, portraying him as larger-than-life and an icon of 1960s rock and roll, counterculture, and the drug-using free love hippie lifestyle. But the depiction goes beyond the iconic: his alcoholism, interest in the spiritual plane and hallucinogenic drugs as entheogens, and, particularly, his obsession with death are threads which weave in and out of the film.

The film’s soundtrack contains over two dozen of The Doors songs; songs like… “Light my fire“, “Break on through (to the other side)“, “People are strange“, “Touch me“, “L.A. Woman“, “The end“, “Alabama song“, “Riders on the storm“, “Five to one” and more…

In the film, original recordings of the band are seamlessly combined with performances by Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison. Val is great as Jim and is also an uncanny look a like and also did his own singing (the real band said they couldn’t tell Val’s singing apart from Jim‘s).

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Passionate but overlong and incompetent biographical picture about Jim Morrison, the infamous lead singer of The Doors, the music he made was raw yet poetic, angry yet seductive. Film stumbles and bumbles along the pinpoints of Morrison‘s young adult life (he died at the age of 27)… from meeting his girlfriend, to quitting film school, to forming the band called “The Doors” with his friend, to playing in concerts and the infamous Ed Sullivan show incident, and of course, Jim‘s various outbursts of uncontrolled frenzy, Jim‘s unfaithfulness to his girlfriend, before showing his death in France.

This film will remind us how powerful drugs are… It shows the talent of Jim Morrison and how addicted he was into drugs and a self-destructive psychopathic freak. Still, the real tragedy is that such an obviously gifted and talented man just wasted his life so badly. I hope that this film will serve as a lesson to all musicians out there.

Article by Tix from Rakista.
Other resources: The New York Times Review (click here for the online version, or here to read it in pdf format).

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~ by addicted2b3 on July 4, 2007.

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