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Shot over 11 years, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is a unique collaboration between the legendary rocker, poet and artist, and renowned fashion photographer Steven Sebring. Following Smith’s personal reflections over a decade, the film explores her many art forms and the friends and poets who inspired her — William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe and Michael Stipe. She emerges as a crucial, contemporary link between the Beats, punks and today’s music. Shot in lush, dark tones, featuring rare performance clips and narrated by the artist herself, Patti Smith: Dream of Life is an impressionistic journal of a multi-faceted artist that underscores her unique place in American culture.
After watching the film, visit POV’s Patti Smith companion site for more video and interactive features.
- Watch additional video including a performance of Beneath the Cross.
- Read our interview with Steven Sebring and Patti Smith to gain insight into their decade-long collaboration.
- Read a short biography of Patti Smith.
- Flip through a photo album to catch a glimpse of friends and family featured in the film.
- Check out a multimedia timeline for even more photos and important career highlights.
- Get an update on what’s happened since filming ended in 2007.