American drama, colour, 1991, by Oliver Stone, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian, 140'
Directed by Oliver Stone
Screenplay by Randall Jahnson, Oliver Stone
Director of photography: Robert Richardson
Cast: Val Kilmer, Meg Ryan, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Whaley, Kevin Dillon, Michael Wincott
Production: Bill Graham Films, Carolco International N.V., Carolco Picture
The tombstone of Jim Morrison is the one most frequently visited at Paris’ Père Lachaise cemetery. While the singer died in the prime of his life, his cult following lives on. A significant part of the Doors’ music has stood the test of time, especially their hit, Riderson the Storm, which since become a jazz standard and boasts the greatest number of coverversions. Who else could make a film about Morrison – an iconoclastic, good-lookingeccentric guy who was always passionate about freedom – than Oliver Stone: a rebel who went through the Vietnam War and who was especially drawn to iconoclastic eccentrics.When the Doors were at the height of their fame, Stone’s life was not much different from Morrison’s. His film about a rule-breaking band follows all the rules for biographies. Although it was made in the same era as his film Nixon, this work is much closer toAlexander than to Nixon, which was much more daring and bitter.