Cinema: Pieces of Dreams

JANIS

Directed by HOWARD ALK and SEATON FINDLAY

This is another film portrait of a musician. It is a different kind of music, however, and a very different life.

Janis Joplin, the subject of this willfully empty-headed documentary, died of an overdose of heroin in 1970 in a Hollywood motel room, all alone. There is no sense whatsoever in this film of the loneliness and desolation that could have led to such an end; indeed, there is no mention at all of her death, not even the fact of it. Instead, we are presented with...

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