Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1988)
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Critic Reviews for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
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.
Audience Reviews for Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
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 this film was notoriously withdrawn from distribution after a lawsuit against director todd haynes by karen's brother richard.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: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=622130510713940545#
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