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Patti Smith: Long for the City

Jem Cohen

USA, 2008
10 minutes, 10 seconds, B&W, Sound, 4:3
Original format: Super 8 film
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

Long for the City is a short portrait of Patti Smith in the city where she lives. Patti recites the very first poem-song she ever wrote, and then a later one, “Prayer”, from the early 1970s. We take a walk in her changing neighborhood, and I ask her what she saw. Footage was shot in the moment, as well as drawn from the archive I’ve gathered over many years. Long for the City can be considered a non-musical companion piece to the music short, Spirit, which we collablorated on in 2007. It had its premier as an installation in Patti Smith’s show, Land 250, and Fondation Cartier in Paris.