New York Doll - The Story Of Arthur 'Killer' Kane details
|Starring:||New York Dolls|
New York Doll - The Story Of Arthur 'Killer' Kane
|Run time:||1 hour 18 minutes|
|Rental release:||07 Aug 2006|
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Moving and awe inspiringBy a customer from Brighton, England , 27 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]In 2004 Morrissey goaded 70s glam-punk band the New York Dolls into reforming for a festival. This film follows Arthur Kane, the band's bassist, in the lead up to the festival, telling the story of what happened since the Dolls split up and he faded into obscurity. He was madly jealous at seeing his former bandmates getting bit parts in minor 1980s movies, and despaired at his own failed attempts to re-enter show business. A difficult time involving alcoholism and a failed suicide bid followed. But somehow the film finds him stable, a librarian and mormon, a quiet man as he always had been -- 'the only living statue in rock and roll'.
This is the only rockumentary I've ever enjoyed. Unlike the others (e.g. 'Dig') it doesn't just present us with some unpredictable violence, drug taking and other standard rock-star behaviours in the expectation that we'll be blown away by how out-there they are. It tells a genuinely interesting story, well. It is wonderful mainly because Arthur Kane is such a likeable character -- an island of modesty and solidity amongst the excesses and falseness of the scene he was a part of -- and because the film's lightness of touch allows you to discover this for yourself. It's also a good introduction to the New York Dolls. The footage of them is thrilling and makes you understand what the fuss was about (even if, like me, you were born after they split up and had hardly heard of them before).
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A beautiful manBy Fresno (23 reviews) from London , 01 Jun 2011I didn't know much about the New York Dolls before I watched this (and don't expect to know much when you have), but I had heard of them. What I didn't expect was to be so moved by the story of Arthur 'Killer' Kane, his 30 years of what I can only think must have been terribly lonely, and his reunion, or reconciliation with old friends. Even if you're not into the music, I found the story incredibly moving and in ways something of a moral tale about love, life and living.
BrilliantBy glenshaz (4 reviews) from Leeds , 28 Jul 2009I knew the songs but i never knew the story, a story of rock n roll, hope, loss and of dreams eventually realised..
Sypathetically made yet not condecending, to Arthur or the viewer, I loved it.
Sad yet beautiful.
A tale to tell and tell again.
New York DollsBy Karlos44 (45 reviews) from Doncaster , 24 Apr 2009Excellent documentary about the reunion gig of the new york dolls arranged by Morrissey. So sad that Arthur Kane died so soon after the gig, but the story was made by the fact he fulfilled a dream by getting back together - which appeared to be destiny. Sad but compelling to watch.
What a gemBy teecher (7 reviews) from London , 13 Oct 2008This is an unassuming film about an unassuming man that just sucks you in and, by the end, has you cheering for the hero. Maybe hero is the wrong word for a bitter ex drug addicted alcoholic but this is a man who has faced his demons and is offered a chance to lay them to rest - by Morrissey, no less! You could argue that there is not enough Dolls music in it but I watched this with my mrs who'd hardly heard of them and, because it concentrates on his story rather than his music it makes the appeal much wider.
bummerBy a customer from Malvern , 20 Jul 2008really interesting story of arthur's life with a very sad ending. sympathetically told.