DVD Review: Marianne Faithfull


Marianne Faithful
Dreaming My Dreams
Eagle Vision
By David Chiu

Anyone familiar with singer Marianne Faithfull’s fascinating story would have guessed she’d be another rock and roll casualty. This documentary on DVD traces the twists and turns in Faithfull’s professional and personal life as the pretty faced 17-year-old ingénue who had a big hit with “As Tears Go By”; the paramour of Mick Jagger in the late ‘60s; and a down-and-out drug addict throughout the ‘70s. Yet she still remained in the public eye and continued to make music, most notably on 1979’s Broken English album. From there she transformed herself into a raspy-sounding lounge diva who sang dark songs. Faithfull is engaging as she is blunt-spoken in the documentary, which also features interviews with Keith Richards, ex-husband John Dunbar and biographer David Dalton. Dreaming My Dreams is essentially a survivor’s tale and makes a case for Faithfull’s place in the history of rock and roll.

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