When You’re Strange: Critique? Mar 16, 2011 22:15:11 GMT
Post by darkstar3 on Mar 16, 2011 22:15:11 GMT
For years, the Doors camp had been telling fans that a doc was in the works. But as far as I know, this was the first effort to film or interview anyone.
Tom D. wasn't involved at this point and it seemed a traditional approach was the chosen method of telling the story. I do know that the Doors management was more focused on the book that came out a short time later...the one with Ben Fong Torres (the same guy who had told me about 6 months earlier, when approached about an interview 'why anyone still be interested in the Doors is beyond me').
So basically, Tom DiCillo was brought in as a hired gun. Sure he may have been a Doors fan but this project was not a personal endeavor, not born of a passionate desire to tell Jim's stories. From reading his blog, it's easy to see that he was given access to various odds and ends of footage and it was his job to come up with 'a concept'...what the film was going to be about. So it's not surprising the end result! He is a visual thinker, not a historian nor a journalist nor a documentary filmmaker.
Given all of this, I think his apporach was creative and the footage is beautiful (thanks to Pauol Ferrara).
A number of years have passed so I don't recall if Cory told me this or if it was my personal deduction but I got the impression that the focus and the purpose of the Doors management was to come up with projects that would create new fans (particularly young fans). IMHO this is why the myth is continually perpetuated. It may not be solely about money but a way to 'go down in history'.
I feel for you having to wait on a meeting with Jampol. It is not surprising that he stood you up as in the past he tends to avoid certain people in light of the questions that may be posed to him during interviews and/or meetings. I recall him passing a question over to Bill Siddons to answer as he couldn't answer it. The question was from my son who was 15 years old at the time.
I admire you for your persistence in obtaining an audience with any member of the Doors camp.
The Doors by the Doors book was getting a lot of press coverage aimed at it's promotion in 2005, not as much as the verdict in the Densmore trial but nevertheless it was quite extensive leading up to the grand finale with the surviving Doors giving interviews in various places on the Sunset Strip.
I have articles that go back to the 1980's that talk about a Doors documentary and Hollywood-type Doors films in the making. These articles will be posted to the calendar at some point. It's amazing to read them after so many years just to see the variations of ideas that have been passed around in the past 30 years.
Thank you for the reply. I understand what your saying about DiCillo's involvement in this project, ie: he was just a hired hand.
I'm set on my ways as a researcher when it comes to giving information to the public and for that maybe an apology is warranted. I suppose I expect too much of others in asking them to do the same research as myself and others on this forum including your own findings. We seem to find information on the questions we pose as a team and I expect no less from documentary film makers.
Even if there are detractors and variations of the story narrative upon the partners involved in the project the fact remains that DiCillo has his name on the film of which he ultimately has to take responsibility for his actions.
DiCillo may not be the whole source from which the incorrect portions of the film were born, (as our research on this forum shows) but he did/does have his blog where he appoints himself the person capable of answering questions in regards to the documentary. Of course he is selective in the questions he answers and seems to avoid anyone who directly criticize the film no matter how warranted and/or documented the inquiry.
In the end this film is based on the recollections and direction of the three surviving Doors. Unfortunately only Jim's likeness was used as his words played no major part in the production or finished product.
The film as it has been presented to the public was put together by a man who had no in depth knowledge of The Doors or Jim Morrison or any history of documentary film making on his resume. Why would such an inexperienced person be hired? Well, this is exactly the sort of person that management plays too as this type of person can be molded to fit the needs of those in charge.
We see this scenerio time and time again on the Official Forum. People who have been around for years who have lent their expertise in the form of postings have seen their efforts deleted more than once. Most of the old guard got fed up and left that hole of their own accord many years ago. A new audience replaces them. New fans with their head waiting to be filled with the knowledge they crave. What sort of knowledge are their heads filled with?...um, thats a subject left up to management and those who co-tow to the systematic plundering of mystical tales rooted in exploitation, commercialism and outright greed.