Doors ‘Break on Through’ the silver screen

Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot April 2-9, 1969 in the Mojave Desert, with additional location shooting taking place in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.
Still image captured from HWY: AN AMERICAN PASTORAL, a film by Jim Morrison, Frank Lisciandro, Paul Ferrara, and Babe Hill. The film was shot April 2-9, 1969 in the Mojave Desert, with additional location shooting taking place in both Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.
THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY STEVE CHAGOLLAN AND PUBLISHED BY VARIETY ON FEBRUARY 26, 2010.

There’s something about the Doors and their music that seems to rile people up. Filmmaker Tom DiCillo discovered this as he was feverishly trying to complete his documentary about the group, “When You’re Strange,” in time for last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“The Doors are enveloped in a cloak of legend so thick sometimes it is impossible to penetrate,” blogged Tom DiCillo at the time. “People have deeply personal and passionate convictions regarding the ‘Truth’ about the band.”

Perhaps that need for “truth” began when the group’s mercurial lead singer, Jim Morrison, was found dead in the bathtub of his Paris apartment in 1971 at age 27. No autopsy was performed.

When DiCillo’s film, now getting a limited release April 9, was screened at the Park City showcase in 2009 as a work in progress, some critics and distributors stormed out of the theater, convinced the filmmakers had used an actor to play Morrison in the film’s opening sequence.

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