- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 15 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: April 4, 2006
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: First Independent
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Iggy Pop &
Greg Whiteley &
New York Dolls
Ed Cunningham &
Director of Photography:
New York Times - 10/28/2005
"Greg Whiteley's small, tender documentary portrait NEW YORK DOLL looks at life after rock 'n' roll as experienced by Arthur Kane, the original bassist for the legendary glam-punk band the New York Dolls."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/11/2005
"[Kane] remains haunted by demons of failure....[A] modestly touching journey..." -- Grade: B
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 03/01/2006
"As far as rock docs go, this is top-shelf stuff, all the way to the heartfelt reunion concert..."
Rolling Stone - 04/20/2006
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] sad and funny doc about Kane's unlikely journey to find peace of mind and one final moment of fame."
Mojo - 05/01/2006
4 stars out of 4 -- "With respect and sympathy, NEW YORK DOLL portrays a man who balances the incongruity of mourning his lost life in rock and thriving in his new life at church."
Uncut - 05/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Don't be surprised if you leave the cinema in tears. A beautiful film about a beautiful soul."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2006
"[Whitley] offers an affectionate but unsentimental sketch of a slightly bewildered but spirited Kane."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "A celebratory film of the late rocker that is both touching and tragic."
Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Greg Whiteley's NEW YORK DOLL is a revealing look at a simple, humble man who was once caught up in the maelstrom of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. In the early 1970s, the New York Dolls became an underground sensation, dressing up in outrageous clothing and blasting a new kind of glam rock that would leave a lasting legacy. In 2004, British superstar Morrissey asked the surviving Dolls--David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain, and Arthur "Killer" Kane--to reunite for the first time in 30 years. However, during the intervening decades, Kane had lived a very different kind of life, having become a devout Mormon, following a bizarre suicide attempt. This fascinating documentary follows Kane, showing him to be a sweet, slow-talking, calm, relatively ordinary man who works in a Mormon library, rides the bus, and lives a rather mundane existence--especially for a former rock star. Kane is completely forthcoming with Whiteley, a fellow Mormon, discussing his ups and downs, his hopes and dreams, and his deep-seated faith, in a heart-wrenching film that includes plenty of great footage of the Dolls as well as interviews with Morrissey, Johansen, Sir Bob Geldof, Chrissie Hynde, and a riotous pair of women who worked with Kane at the Mormon Family History Center Library.
- Theatrical Release: OCTOBER 28, 2005