All Janis’ love in a documentary

Looking forward to see it at the cinema from 8 October, the first documentary on Janis Joplin’s life was presented as first preview at the 72th cinema exhibition of Venice.

Janis, directed by Amy Berg, nominee at the Oscars in 2006 for the documentary Deliver Us from Evil, retraces the story of one of the greatest blues singer rock has ever had: from her private life with its troubled loves and excesses to her artistic life when she lived at the Chelsea Hotel, the legendary hotel in New York who hosted musicians and artists such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen and Janis herself exactly during the recording of Cheap Thrills, the album widely considered the climax of her career.


The voice that will tell Janis’ story will be that of American singer-songwriter Cat Power. Janis’ life will be retraced through the reading of a series of personal letters Joplin wrote to her family, close friends and lovers before dying at 27 from an overdose in a motel in Los Angeles on 4th October 1970.



In a recent interview at NME, Cat Power said that she felt very close and she had a lot of things in common with Janis Joplin, and she concluded:

At the time, I don’t think there was any female that was really that free on stage, that loving, that open. Janis was just all about love. No one was as strong and as powerful as she was with her energy. I feel like her main goal in life was to feel loved and so the last [letter] really fucked me up because she was again writing to her family to say ‘I fucking disappointed you guys and I love you’ and it was just heartbreaking. I hope that people see how much she loved and wanted to be loved.


Italy will be the first country to screen the documentary next autumn to commemorate the fortyfourth anniversary of the singer’s death.

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