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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (2001)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story





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This avant-garde, experimental short presents an unusual take on the life and tragic death of singer Karen Carpenter. Barbie and Ken dolls are used to portray Karen and her brother Richard, and Karen's descent into deadly anorexia is intercut with 1970s television shows and news footage.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: Cynthia Schneider, Todd Haynes
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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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2014

Audience Reviews for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Movng story about the rise to fame for the Carpenter siblings.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


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 this film was notoriously withdrawn from distribution after a lawsuit against director todd haynes by karen's brother richard.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:

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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