Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2009)



Critic Consensus: It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

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Every rock band, from the most famous stadium-level superstars to the lowly beginners hobbling from one basement gig to the next in a rusty van, needs to let their fans know when and where they'll be playing, and since the late 1960's rock posters have gone from utilitarian advertising fliers to legitimate works of art. Since punk rock changed the rules of visual style in rock music and the rise of indie rock made irony and cultural appropriation key parts of the hipster lexicon, the style of rock posters has changed and a number of graphic artists have established international reputations for their work, in which they often present their own political and sociological statements in addition to publicizing concerts. Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian chats with some of the leading figures on the rock poster scene and examines the ideas and attitudes behind their work in the documentary Died Young, Stayed Pretty, which features interviews with Jay Ryan, Art Chantry, Mat Daly, Keith Herzik, Jeff Kleinsmith and many more. Featuring an original musical score by Mark Greenberg, Died Young, Stayed Pretty was an official selection at the 2008 Montreal World Film Festival.
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Critic Reviews for Died Young, Stayed Pretty

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (10)

Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Village Voice
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Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

It soon becomes apparent that there's no real structure or point of view to it all.

Full Review… | November 5, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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The poster makers... mine the outer limits of violence and misogyny with a garish, pop art palette.

October 21, 2009
Detroit Free Press
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The lack of narrative direction, exploitable drama or character growth strands the film at the level of an animated picture-book accompanied by lots of gratuitous whining.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Time Out
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Yaghoobian proves she has a flair for the telling detail every bit as keen as her subjects'.

Full Review… | August 27, 2009
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Died Young, Stayed Pretty

Well intentioned but overlong experimental documentary about the world of underground rock poster art. Although I admired the visual ideas that went into how the work was presented, I feel that the perspective was too limited by only having interviews with the artists and not showing the impact of the work has on their subjects or intended audience. Edited a bit tighter "Died Young Stayed Pretty" would've made an interesting short film but it seems that it was dragged out to be a feature documentary.

Generoso Fierro
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