The Doors: Live in Europe - Live in Europe (1968)
Front Cover Actor
Ray Manzarek
Jim Morrison
Movie Details
Genre Show
Director Paul Justman; John Densmore
Language English
Audience Rating NR (Not Rated)
Running Time 58 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
For Doors completists only, this shapeless gathering of rare film clips of the band performing in Europe is hampered by the same old, frustrating problems with attempting to convey, through lousy camera work, the band's power as a live act. The packaging tells us the Doors swept through London, Stockholm, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam during a 1968 tour documented here, but there's no way to appreciate that save for a random clip or two of Jim Morrison milling about outside concert venues, talking with fans. Otherwise, we see the same sort of obfuscating on-stage close-ups of Morrison you can see in any footage of a Doors gig, stumbling around, crooning, and reciting poetry to minimalist accompaniment by Ray Manzarek on keyboards, John Densmore on drums, and Robby Krieger on guitar. Unless one can see, in the mind's eye, what the band is up to from the point of view of a kid in the 30th row, there's no way to really get the hypnotic, Dionysian effect for which the Doors were justifiably famous. Thus, for anyone who can imagine such a thing, or take it on faith, there's good reason to enjoy performances of "Spanish Caravan," "Five to One," and two versions of "Light My Fire." There's even a relic of pre-MTV, pop promotion: a silly-looking performance of "Hello, I Love You" shot before a baffled crowd on a London street. --Tom Keogh
Personal Details
My Rating 5
Seen It Yes
Index 75
In Collection Yes
Location Home
Owner Olavo Lira
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 014381430424
Release Date 2002
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Black & White