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New York Dolls: All Dolled Up (2005)

Cast: David Johansen, David Johansen, Arthur Kane, more...
Director: Nadya Gruen, Nadya Gruen, Nadya Beck, more...
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Studio: Music Video Distributors
Genre: Music, Music Videos/Performance, Documentary
Running Time: 230 min.
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Big Apple glam-punk godfathers The New York Dolls hit the road in this documentary featuring footage shot by rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya during the band's early-1970s heyday. In addition to offering footage from east-coast performances at Kenny's Castaways and Max's Kansas City, this release also showcases highlight footage from such legendary west coast venues the Whiskey-A-Go-Go and the E-Club, including rousing renditions of such classic New York Dolls tunes as "Personality Crisis", "Who Are the Mystery Girls", "Vietnamese Baby", and more. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Well Worth Your Time by LGreenfield January 1, 2006 - 11:39 AM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
First off, I am by no means a Dolls fanatic. I only have the first LP and it's probably been a good 20 years since it took a spin on the 'ol turntable. That said, I found the footage included here very informative and entertaining. You get an hour and a half of some very clear B & W video footage of the Dolls blabbing it up backstage and playing at such venues as Max's Kansas City in NY and even from the Whisky in LA & the Matrix in SF as Bob Gruen follows them as they grind their way through the week long, two shows a night West Coast tour. What is especially revealing is the coheretness and fun Johnny Thunders seemed to be having as the film opens, compared to the obvious toll the junk had began to take by '75.
There are commentaries by both Sylvain and Johansen and I highly recommend investing the time to listen to the Sylvain track as he imparts some good info, but I couldn't even make it through more than 20 minutes of the Johansen track as he never really opened his mouth to speak much. It would have been better if the two of them had been doing their commentaries together at the same time.

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