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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 2001 Wide

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Director Todd Haynes first gained the attention of underground film enthusiasts with this unusual and thought-provoking look at the life and death of pop singer Karen Carpenter. In 1970, as America entered a new decade following the turmoil and uncertainties of the 1960s, the Carpenters first hit the charts with glossy, well-scrubbed pop tunes like "Close to You" and "We've Only Just Begun," which suggested a deliberate retreat from the aggressive rebellion that dominated rock music in the late

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Perhaps the most sophisticated student film you'll ever see "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story" is a provocative study in how much a gifted filmmaker can do with limited resources.

January 10, 2014 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Audience Reviews for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Movng story about the rise to fame for the Carpenter siblings.
October 6, 2013
thmtsang
T Tsang

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Creepy, controversial but also quite honest, albeit brutally. It certainly deserves the kudos the underground have given it, it is raw film making at its best. Essentially, Todd Haynes has reversed the modern biopic, using plastic models to tell the true story, rather than real people telling a plastic story. I disagree that it is tasteless towards the Carpenters, it seems very obvious to me that Todd Haynes is fan. The harsh realities are often hard to watch, I can see why Richard Carpenter wouldn't have liked it though. It's a very entertaining and clever little film though, destined to stay underground and about as cult as you can get, essential viewing for wannabe film makers!
February 14, 2012
SirPant

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2001 is not the original release date for this movie, it's somewhere around 1988, but since it's an underground film, it's a bit uncertain, I know. This movie really creeped me out. Yes, it does use dolls to dramatize the life of Karen Carpenter, but it also utilizes stock footage from other places too, and it's more about anorexia than her life. It's an interesting movie, and anyone in film school right now should really check it out.
February 20, 2011
ajv2688

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really disturbing, especially for those of us who (vaguely) remember. the carpenters were huge; in fact they were the #1 selling american music act of the 1970's. karen had a wonderful voice. they were a white bread fantasy of middle class suburbia and a cautionary tale of what can happen when everything is a little too...perfect. this film was notoriously withdrawn from distribution after a lawsuit against director todd haynes by karen's brother richard. this is NOT a documentary. it can be seen here in decent quality:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=622130510713940545#
September 14, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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