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Witness Butthole Surfers

USA, 1987 (MIFF 1990, Video Programme)

Director: Jem Cohen

In which Cohen bears witness to the dark intensity of the American band Butthole Surfers filmed at a particularly exuberant show. Brooding and unsettling - an anti-music video???

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Just Hold Still

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Amber City

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Patti Smith: Long for the City

Patti Smith and her poetry wind their way through the streets of New York City, as she voices her thoughts on her neighbourhood and her life. ... More »

Smells Like Teen Spirit

A domestic portrait of Patti Smith and her son, Jackson. Invoking urban New York and rural America, it's about picking up guitars and doing dirty dishes. ... More »

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