Janis: Little Girl Blue

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Respectful without veering into hagiography and inquisitive without being intrusive, Janis: Little Girl Blue offers an insightful glimpse into the life of a rock 'n' roll legend.



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Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic rock & roll singers of all time, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. This in depth examination presents an intimate and insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, and often beleaguered artist. Joplin's own words tell much of the film's story through a series of letters she wrote to her parents over the years, many of them made public here for the first time. Joplin was a powerhouse when she sang, and her recordings have never left the radio or the hearts of rock fans worldwide. A new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose surprising rise and sudden demise changed music forever.


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  • Jul 19, 2016
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2016
    A great biography of Janis Joplin who I did not know much history about it. Thankfully there is a lot of Janis recorded and the documentary benefits from her own words with plenty who knew her able to fill in the blanks.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2016
    What this excellent and well-directed documentary does so well is create a profoundly nuanced portrait of a sensitive, three-dimensional woman who only wanted to be happy, and it may not tell everything about her (how could it?) but offers a touching look at her complex character.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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