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New York Doll
  Release Date: 10/28/05 (Future Release)

Starring: Arthur Kane, Bishop Bragg, Sylvain Sylvain, David Johansen, Nina Antonia,

Director: Greg Whiteley

Rating: (PG-13)
  Documentary, Musical
  Running Time
  77 min
  First Independent Pictures
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This documentary focuses not on the Doll you might expect—the still-thriving David Johansen—but rather the bassist for the legendary glam-punk band, Arthur “Killer” Kane. Director Greg Whiteley’s film picks up Kane in recent times, as a sweet-tempered recovered alcoholic working as a clerk in a Los Angeles Mormon library. In 2004, Kane—with his chalky voice and halting manner—was invited to reunite for one concert with the other two surviving New York Dolls, Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. There are numerous pleasures: witnessing the shock of his Mormon friends when they discover the old alter ego of this mild, humble man; Kane’s trepidation at seeing Johansen, who he assumes will have no use for him; and the tears he sheds when Johansen embraces him as an old comrade. It’s that rare movie that prizes humility and modesty as ennobling virtues. Plus, it rocks.— Reviewed by Ken Tucker, New York Magazine