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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.
Was there a reason, besides the built-in kitsch and ready-made found-art cred, for telling this story with Barbie dolls? Yes, and they're used brilliantly.
Getting bootleg videos of this cult fave is as easy as getting gonorrhea in a Memphis whorehouse.
For a film of its length and budget, it's impressive in scope, and it's to Haynes' credit that his movie rarely feels as if it's bitten off too much.
Movng story about the rise to fame for the Carpenter siblings.
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.
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 this film was notoriously withdrawn from distribution after a lawsuit against director todd haynes by karen's brother richard.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:
I grew up listening to The Carpenters, and they are one of the few bands I can still listen to. Their music was always honest and calm. Relaxing, yet emotional. Haynes is also one of the most brilliant men working in cinema, so I simply had to see this illegal film. Haynes takes himself completely out of he film. It doesn't try and elevate Karen to some kind of martyrdom, nor does it manipulate and tug at the heartstrings. Instead, it goes for a very realistic feel, despite being "acted" by Barbie Dolls. Perhaps these dolls allowed Haynes to simply tell a story without judging those involved. It avoids blaming people or any of the other cliches biopics usually deliver. It isn't fact, it isn't fiction, it's somewhere in-between. A lost classic.
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