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Joy of Life

3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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The sixty-five minute, avant-garde experimental film Joy of Life opens as a feature on the day-to-day experiences of a militant lesbian in the San Francisco Bay area, and her bittersweet, occasionally heartbreaking search for love and lust. It then uses these themes as a springboard, segueing, free-form, into a documentary exploration of lesbian sexuality, Frank Capra's 1941 classic Meet John Doe, and the history of the Golden Gate Bridge as a point of departure for suicides. In voice-over, Lawrence Ferlinghetti delivers his poetic elegy to Frisco, City of Light, while the late Weldon Kees (rumored as a Golden Gate jumper) composed the music used in the film. Writer-director Jenni Olson authored this picture, which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and received high praise from The San Francisco Examiner and The Village Voice. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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  • Actors: Harry Dodge, Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Directors: Jenni Olson
  • Writers: Jenni Olson
  • Producers: Julie Dorf, Paul Lee, Scott Noble, Tom Rielly
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FP2YR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joy of Life" on IMDb

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By F. Albro on June 27, 2015
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A beautiful and intriguing look at San Francisco combined with two very interesting stories told with a great voice-over by Harriet Dodge. The work is visually contemplative as well as intellectually engaging. Just be prepared to relax and take your time with it.
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Thoroughly enjoyed the half about the Golden Gate Bridge. Really unbelievable. Eye opening, I had never heard anything like that about the bridge before.
The half about her relationships and living in her city, not so much. The style showing scenes from all over the area were great at first, but then started to feel like a slide show. Slow paced, could have used a little more creativity. Overall, would not recommend. Too dry and artsy to be considered a documentary.
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