The Lost Doors film Feast of Friends will be released in November
It’s almost become a cliche that at a certain point in their career, a popular enough artist/band will have to make a movie about themselves in order to give their audience an open look at their life.
But in 1968, when the Doors decided to self-produce their own film, it was still a fairly original idea. That film, entitled Feast of Friends, was never officially released, although clips of it have been seen in documentaries and music videos, and bootleg copies have been passed from fan to fan for years.
Now, Feast of Friends is finally getting a proper release by Eagle Rock Entertainment on November 11.
The DVD/Blu-Ray edition will included a complete cut of the film, a compilation of outtakes called Feast of Friends: Encore, plus a 1968 Doors documentary produced for British television called The Doors Are Open, as well as a 1967 performance of a full 10-minute version of “The End” filmed for a Canadian TV music show.
The movie offer a refreshingly spontaneous and casual view of the group at their commercial and creative peak. We’ll see Morrison playing cards with the crew in a hotel room, or declaiming poetry straight into the camera, or Robby Krieger messing around on an unplugged electric guitar. It strips away a half-century of frenzied, quasi-religious mythologizing to remind viewers that underneath it all they were just four goofy guys making really good rock music together.
Text by Irene Pazzanese