Rachel Amodeo's What About Me is as much a bohemian time capsule as it is film art.
Rachel Amodeo's What About Me is as much a bohemian time capsule as it is film art. A gritty story about one woman's decay on the streets of New York's Lower East Side, it features a small pantheon of croaked edge-dwellers: legendary guitarist and junkie Johnny Thunders, the similarly dissipated and departed Dee Dee Ramone, Thunders' New York Dolls bandmate Jerry Nolan, beat poet and Kerouac associate Gregory Corso, and East Village legend Rockets Redglare. Thunders provided much of the soundtrack, including his heart-piercing ballad "Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory." The DVD's extras are two short, dialogue-free films by Amodeo, both perfectly mimicking the silent genre. "Rest in Peace" depicts a deceased woman haunting the sister who violated her coffin, while "Pierre Paolo" is an introspective biographical portrait shot in Amodeo's home town of Terravecchia, Italy. What About Me is a 90-minute ride through an American nether-culture in which art foreshadows life.—AZ