Beautiful Darling (2011)
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Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handedly overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey-directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol.
Apr 22, 2011 Limited
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Darling's fragility was no secret, which gives even the movie's comical moments an underlying poignancy.
"Beautiful Darling" is sympathetic and critical, a sobering reminder in this fame-grabbing age of a time when gender politics, art and artifice could make for a turbulent identity cocktail.
Like fellow Factory figures Edie Sedgwick and Jackie Curtis, Darling now gets her own documentary, and proves a more than worthy subject.
A fairly besotted look, produced under the guidance of a longtime friend.
"Beautiful Darling" makes extensive use of photos, sketches and Darling's diaries belonging to Jeremiah Newton, a gay pal she lived with on and off until her death from cancer in 1974.
Eventually, everybody who ever spent five minutes with Andy Warhol will have a film made about them
A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame.
This riveting documentary about one of the legendary triumphant gender illusionists is also a compelling portrait of an endlessly fascinating era.
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