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Joni Mitchell - Woman of Heart and Mind: A Life Story (2003)

David Crosby , Joni Mitchell , Susan Lacy , Stephanie Bennett  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: David Crosby, Joni Mitchell, Elliot Roberts
  • Directors: Susan Lacy, Stephanie Bennett
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096FTI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,329 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Interview outtakes
  • Bonus songs: Big Yellow Taxi, Amelia, Hejira, Woodstock
  • Photo gallery
  • Discography
  • Travelogue
  • CD spot

Editorial Reviews

One of the great talents of her or anyone else's generation gets the royal treatment with this superb two-hour (with bonus material) documentary. It's all here (via interviews, including conversations past and present with Mitchell herself, photos, generous helpings of concert footage, and more): her Saskatchewan childhood, her lovers, her painting, her reunion with the daughter she had left behind at age 19... and, of course, her music, the songs, recordings, and performances, so intensely personal yet so universally accessible, that comprise one of the most extraordinarily original and significant (if not always wildly popular) bodies of work any artist has ever produced. Even true fanatics are likely to find revelations here; the rest of us can simply rejoice in the life and artistry of Joni Mitchell. The extras are highlighted by complete concert readings of four songs, including "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock." --Sam Graham

Product Description

This DVD is a complete look at the extraordinary career, life and artistry of
singer/songwriter/poet/painter Joni Mitchell. Her prolific sense of artistry and passion for sharing has brought many a feeling from the heart to the head. Joni Mitchell: Woman of Heart and Mind, is a unique look at Joni Mitchell: as an artist
of magnitude and sensibility.

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Documentary November 13, 2003
This is a sensitive and beautifully made documentary that I recommend highly.
Joni is one of my favorite musicians. I have been listening to her on a regular basis for over 30 years. As a result, my expectations for this kind of film were high, and overall I was pleased with what I saw.
By far the most appealling part of this documentatary is the wonderful archival footage of a young Joni doing a number of her great early songs. This material simply shimmers with an almost other worldly glow. The retelling of the writing of her song Woodstock all but had me in tears, it was so moving and evocative.
The commentary by people who knew her well, such as David Crosby, Graham Nash, David Geffin, and others, is thoughtful and very enlightening. Recent footage from an interview with Joni herself is also very engaging.
Ultimately I would like to read a really long, really thorough biography that would explain all the complicated details that make up this extraordinary woman's life. There just wasn't enough room to dig into some of the most interesting transitions in her complicated life in this beautifully made, two hour long film. I still hunger for more information.
Joni is such an intelligent woman, and many of the decisions in her later life would make interesting material for a more in depth exploration. Her relationship to jazz, the development of breakthrough albums such as Hejira and Mingus, her personal thoughts on other musicians, etc. All of this would be interesting to read about in more depth.
But one needs to recoginize the limitations of the genre. You can only do so much in a documentary film. And certainly one understands why there was so much focus on her early career, given the almost transcendent power of the early archival footage.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertaining Biography June 24, 2003
This DVD chronicles the life, loves and career of Joni Mitchell. She was very strong-willed, battling childhood polio and later teaching herself to play guitar. That combination of determination and talent helped her succeed in the male dominated world of folk music. To paraphrase her, she wanted to combine the melodicism of the big band era with the lyricism of Bob Dylan in the songs she wrote. She soon went from the coffee houses of Greenwich Village to Carnegie Hall. Ever the wandering spirit, she moved from New York to Laurel Canyon, LA, where she met and fell in love with Graham Nash. During that period, when they were living together, Graham wrote "Our House" and Joni wrote the album "Ladies Of The Canyon." That album included the official anthem to the sixties' most famous music festival, "Woodstock." Ironically, Joni was supposed to play at Woodstock, but her manager talked her out of it at the last minute.

The DVD goes on to chronicle Joni's musical journeys into pop ("You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio") rock and roll ("Raised On Robbery") and jazz ("Mingus"), a superb album that was savaged by the critics and ignored by the record buying public. Joni continued to release many fine albums throughout the eighties and nineties. Joni finally won a Grammy in 1996, when "Turbulent Indigo" won for best pop album. Unlike other music veterans who won Grammies late in their careers, Joni's win did not translate into huge records sales and lots of radio airplay. Nevertheless, this multi-talented artist continues to make great music. The DVD includes snippets of songs performed in various concerts throughout her entire career. A bonus section features four songs, taken from her 1998 video "Painting With Words And Music," in their entirety. The songs are "Big Yellow Taxi," "Amelia," "Hejira" and "Woodstock."
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman with her own Mind July 16, 2003
Few artists have been as hard to catagorize as Joni Mitchell. Emerging initially as a sensitive introspective folk singer from Canada to becoming a singer songwriter whose musical style crosses so many boarders as to becoming nearly unclassifiable, Mitchell has stubbornly followed her own creative path undeterred by trends or fashion. What sets her apart from so many of her contemporaries is her ability to expand, grow and remain viable in an industry not known for career longevity. When you consider the fate of so many of her contemporaries, drug addiction. creative sloth, death, rehab or becoming irrelevant oldies acts in far flung Casinos in the Southwest, Mitchell has overcome most, if not all, of those land mines. She, unlike so many who were there when she started, is still here and still making music.
For those who have wondered when Mitchell would get her just due, it seems that all of those years of stubbornly refusing to be completely controlled by the "Music Biz" have paid off in terms of honors, awards and now a DVD that chronicles her life.
Joni Mitchell A life Story: Woman of Heart and Mind from Eagle Vision gives her the royal treatment. Directed by Susan Lacy, the entire 120 minute documentary is much like Mitchell's work, personal, revealing, but decidedly artistic in it's aims. This is a point not lost on Lacy who allows Mitchell to tell her amazing story from her roots in a small town in Canada to being the consort, muse and inspiration for Crosby Stills Nash, and sometimes Young.
Told in chronological order, we learn of Mitchell's childhood bout with Polio and marriage to fellow singer Chuck Mitchell, who informed her shortly after their marriage he was not willing to be the father of "another man's child.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
SO I was catchin up wit YOKO n congrats on her noo album-

ME: I really liked the album. who inspired it?

YOKO: joni Mitchell. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GCD
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Excellent Video. A fantastic way to show the depth and breadth of her music and creativity.
Published 2 months ago by midwestms
5.0 out of 5 stars Won't play in my older DVD Drive
This disc will not play in my 8-yr old Panasonic dvd player for some reason. I thought it was a different type of disc, but I really don't know. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Spots
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a wonderful biopic of Joni Mitchell and it is filled with wonderful music and memories of the sixties and seventies. I highly recommend it for Folkies.
Published 5 months ago by lesmoore2204
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great bio
This was very well done and very captivating for a child of the 70s. I loved how it was done.
Published 6 months ago by Feed Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell DVD
We chose this rating because it was a gift, not for ourselves but insofar as we know, it was not only desired but received with pleasure.
Published 8 months ago by William Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute to a great musician!
Joni Mitchell was a game changer in the world of first folk music, then the rock and jazz fields. This DVD illuminates her life very deeply, and the footage brings home not only... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Avery Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all fans of Joni
If you are a fan of Joni you must own this documentary. She is the best and there are no imitations worthy.
Published 10 months ago by John C. Demos
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Joni
Very nicely done documentary of an extraordinary life filled with music, art, love, creativity and vision. A True Artist revealed.
Published 14 months ago by Radman
4.0 out of 5 stars Joni Mitchell- A Life Story
An interesting look into the life of one of the more talented & prolific participants in the 60s music scene. Some great interviews & film clips...
Published 16 months ago by M. Kitt- Amazon Customer
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