Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival – Amy Berg – Janis

 courtesy La Biennale di Venezia
 Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival – Amy Berg – Janis – Documentary. Janis Joplin was one of the world’s most influential rock icons and a goddess of sound, but there was actually far more to her than that. She inspired a generation, breaking new ground for the female rock singers who followed. Through turbulent love affairs and addiction, one constant remained: she was committed to her music above all until her heartbreaking death at the age of 27. Janis serves as the narrator for her own life story through letters she wrote to her family, friends and lovers. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) lends her raspy southern voice to the film reading Janis’ achingly intimate letters. Amy Berg strips away Janis’ rock and roll persona to reveal the gentle, trusting, sensitive, but powerful woman behind the legend.
  Photograph ASAC courtesy La Biennale di Venezia

#Venezia72 - Red Carpet - Italian Rock Star Gianna Nannini and director Amy Berg

Director’s Statement.Janis Joplin was—and still is— a force majeure in music, a rock and roll pioneer beloved by millions nearly 40 years after her death. Her impact was worldwide, yet her material was intensely personal. The music and lyrics Janis created were often inspired by bits and pieces of people she knew and met along her journey. Songs were always about more than just Janis. She is still a vessel for our collective pain - the raw, eloquent voice through which our suffering gets duly acknowledged and nakedly expressed. She lifts us up while caressing and accepting the pain that lives in each and every one of us. This explains why her live performances were so electric. When Janis got on stage and let it all go, the joy and the pain she released was absolutely intoxicating. Our film explores more than just the tortured magic of Janis’ music and the depths of her pain and suffering. We’ve also created a cinematic celebration of her exuberant spirit and the impact she has left on the world after all these years. Her lust for life can be seen in the hundreds of iconic photos that catch Janis overcome with laughter, her image so powerful you can almost hear the famous Janis cackle. She had an unyielding power to throw her pain aside and be in the moment at level 10. Her message, she once told a reporter, was simple: “Get off your butt and feel things!”.
Above. Amy Berg receives a standing ovation for her documentary.

Amy Berg - Janis - documentary
Contessanally - superb - 8/10
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