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Martin Scorsese to Direct New Film on New York Dolls Frontman David Johansen

Showtime Documentary Films announced that New York Dolls frontman David Johansen will be the subject of a new documentary that will be co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi.

According to a press release, the movie “will reveal the many faces of Johansen,” following his life from childhood on Staten Island to lead singer of the New York Dolls. The project will also touch on the musician's time as part of the swing revival as alter-ego Buster Poindexter and his time with the Harry Smiths.

Johansen’s story will be told through exclusive performances, archival footage, and present-day storytelling. Earlier this year, Scorsese and his team shot some footage of Johansen performing at New York’s Café Carlyle.

“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making Mean Streets,” Scorsese said. “Then and now, David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I’ve gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations. After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience.”

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Article image: David Johansen performing with the New York Dolls in Buenos Aires in 2009. (Montecruz Foto [CC BY-SA 2.0] via Flickr.)

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