Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (2001)
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.
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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!More
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.More
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 this film was notoriously withdrawn from distribution after a lawsuit against director todd haynes by karen's brother richard.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:
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