When You’re Strange
Like all the better ones, The Doors were an odd band, an encapsulation of their time’s cultural tumult and also an apposite rejection of the period’s values — both mainstream and counterculture. It’s fitting, then, that Tom DiCillo’s documentary about them should arrive as such a curious artifact. The film opens with what appears to be a stiff reenactment of some Jim Morrison fever-dream, with a bearded actor vaguely resembling him driving around in the desert, listening to radio reports of his own death. The fact that it’s actually from a film Morrison shot himself in 1969, two years before the onetime film student’s death, makes the sequence more haunting than it otherwise would be, but no more convincingly dramatic…
When You’re Strange is playing now in limited release. You can read the full review at filmcritic.com.