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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)
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Summary: Karen Carpenter's battle with anorexia nervosa and the cultural influence of the Carpenters in the 70s. (imdb)
Country: USA
Directed By: Todd Haynes
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na karolcrist karolcrist
80
T8
na gargantua gargantua
80
T8
na syvyys syvyys
85
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na dejvid22
91
T6
na x_human x-human
85
T9
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na noir noir
80
T6
na dramat
83
T8
na donezo
98
T10
na JerryJ JerryJ
80
T8
na NorthSider NorthSider
95
T10
na PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
75
T5
Really silly and yet oddly effective in its portrayal of anorexia. Worth watching just for the originality of the production.
na Nepeta
80
T7
Exploring the life of Karen Carpenter, and more importantly (and interestingly) the issue of anorexia, with all the characters played by barbie dolls. Ranks as one of the more ludicrous ideas I've heard for a film yet the end result is surprisingly effective and makes for a dark and haunting look at eating disorders.
na Judo_Koala Judo Koala
70
T5
na 1strong
94
T10
na avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
71
T9
na spiritofeden
87
T10
na mosesismoses
87
T9
na PeregrinVelo PeregrinVelo
80
T9
na Mingus
2
T6
na boxgod boxgod
71
T7
na soybomb42
85
T7
na lagartazul lagartazul
97
T10
na ears550 elixir
71
T8
na Veterini Veterini
88
T10
na winds winds
6
T8
na NRM03
84
T10
na JM1138
79
T9
na onetwothree
60
T7
na kyleloomis kyle.loomis
7
T9
na Ocelot Ocelot
65
T7
Ick.
na mightysparks mightysparks
60
T7
na BaalMan
90
T9
na Coheed
70
T7
na volver
30
T2
na supergloo supergloo
9
T9
na imdb imdb
81
T10
na RoundMyWay RoundMyWay
60
T6
na bal3x bal3x
70
T7
na pavementSAW pavementSAW
85
T8
na ooh_waffles ooh waffles
8
T8
na Hailey
91
T9
na burhenn
90
T7
na dharmabum dharmabum
85
T9
na Corganist
72
T4
na donquixotic
0
T6
na nrm4
72
T8
na yilb yilb
70
T8
Weird at how effective this is when it is a preposterous idea at the outset.
na negative
3
T8
na pzingg
80
T3
na Alon_Reter Alon Reter
75
T9
na hsncrspywl hsncrspywl
83
T8
A good short film. While it does make the sympathy derive from the terrible behaviour of the Carpenter family - which lessens the tragedy a little - it's a very well-edited and disturbing piece, which says a lot for a film made with Barbie dolls. Very campy but very good - and affecting.
na Limdebois Limdebois
80
T9
na valmeade Enthusiast
85
T10
The hokey parodies of documentary films and 70's pop psychology seemed annoying at first, but in the long run they probably helped to humanize these inhuman set pieces. The treatment of the Barbie doll as actor gimmick in this film goes so far beyond mere restraint -- and yet never dives fully headfirst into pure kitsch -- that it almost has to be seen to be believed.
na ChrisReynold ChrisReynold
58
T4
na mscoulson
88
T9
Brilliant in an odd way. It's a shame it's not widely available.
na sheepslasher sheepslasher
2
T5
I found it silly at points when it wasn't trying to be... though, I can see why people would like this.
na bawalter1
9
T9
na eitan62
95
T9
na Seethruskin Seethruskin
81
T8
na welike
30
T7
na ColonelTigh
90
T5
na silentbob
85
T7
na Meowfresh Meowfresh
92
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na RadioFreeLee RadioFreeLee
78
T5
na soliloquist soliloquist
73
T3
na maborosi maborosi
70
T7
na Coredor Coredor
78
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na Carlospro Carlospro
80
T8
na nrm5
78
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na Neonman Neonman
46
T1
Unevenly switches between student art film and one of those silly educational videos you saw in high school on a crummy VHS which made your heart lift when you saw the TV being wheeled into the classroom and you get to waste even more class time by having to find the right cords to plug in and carefully resuscitating the tape to make it play with any flickering pictures or wobbly sounds. But that nostalgia doesn't do much to stop this cheesy film not achieve the seriousness and education it need
na FitFortDanga MartinTeller
89
T10
Almost too campy to stomach, but hilarious and oddly moving in its own way.
na Cronos
60
T6
na Elisheva Elisheva
50
T1
The actors are kinda stiff.
na meester meester
70
T6
na Infenso paah
85
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na dzacharyt
16
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na ARUCARD ARUCARD
40
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na 3_Qs ???
75
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na Zeno
75
T7
na tomelce tomelce
7
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na joachimt joachimt
70
T6
na Rumplesink_ii Rumplesink
65
T5
na engin engin
75
T9
na Darren Darren
73
T7
na denis408 denis408
4
T1
na OneLouder One_Louder
65
T4
na Raiders
93
T10
na hoolie
95
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na luridedith Matt Burgess
96
T10
na undinum undinum
90
T9
na SheWas SheWas
75
T9
Bratz couldn't have done this better.
na Grouchy Grouchy
84
T7
na filmaffinity filmaffinity
65
T6
na RNG
92
T10
na TrixRabbi TrixRabbi
87
T10
The use of Barbie dolls was brilliant and I can't imagine the film being anywhere near as effective with live actors. The human tragedy combined with top notch experimental filmmaking. Well worth the 45 minutes.
na mysteryman mystery_man
90
T10
na Mulholland Mulholland
80
T9
na svenerik svenerik
90
T9
It finally occurred to me that I could just go find this on YouTube and thwart Richard Carpenter's cease-and-desist ruling. The version I saw was super grainy but the central conceit works amazingly well and I was suprisingly moved by the ending. The sound collage of Karen's voice on several Carpenters tracks that appears a few times was remarkably haunting.
na Jos Jos
84
T8
na Mochard Mochard
72
T9
na AsherFord
87
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na catfacer catfacer
70
T6
na batui
95
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na Dick Laurent
90
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na fenixdown fenixdown
79
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na Alien
50
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na debaser1985
68
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na ddyment
70
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na Johnny_Case Johnny Case
70
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na philocrates
1
T1
na Grisso
69
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na Sheldrake Sheldrake
70
T7
na DLawrence
75
T5
na Canguro Canguro
89
T10
na Esmerodo Esmerodo
75
T6
na green_man Edson Abas
85
T9
na Bondo
85
T9
na frbrown frbrown
50
T1
na johnatanjj johnatanjj
76
T5
na Darbicus Darbicus
80
T9
na jbs5
96
T8
na purity
2
T6
na IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na Golfingdanls
6
T5
na Dennis_Brian Dennis Brian
85
T8
na electriccafe electriccafe
85
T9
na DBibby DBibby
70
T5
na masoo masoo
75
T6
na coutinho coutinho
65
T5
na caseymanning
70
T3
na Cerebrus Cerebrus
60
T5
na mathiasa
40
T3
na willow
86
T9
na acrolyne acrolyne
88
T9
na kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
75
T9
na Timon88 Timon88
84
T9
na ladymcdeath ladymcdeath
78
T7
na mark83
8
T9
na Spunkie Spunkie
45
T3
Anorexia Nervosa is....inventive, yet didactic.
na lizzle
80
T6
na nicks112
95
T9
na Box Of Frogs
4
T10
na Sebastian
66
T5
na Parallax Parallax
81
T6
na sidehacker sidehacker
73
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na postmodifier postmodifier
95
T10
na Barkinson
80
T10
na borges
4
T6
na jeffv jeff_v
75
T8
na ledfloyd
70
T5
na felixm85
88
T9
na rb42083
80
T6
na JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
65
T7
To call a Todd Haynes film "gimmicky" is almost redundant. The strength of this film is that he uses the gimmick toward creating genuine pathos as well as an interesting juxtaposition of The Carpenter's and the loss of innocence of America in the 1970s (also helping to underscore the complexly ironic sadness of their music).
na Nroo Nroo
68
T5
na lineuphere lineuphere
80
T6
na Dimentia Dimentia
70
T4
na ANorthSiderA
95
T8
na HanekeSolo HanekeSolo
90
T7
na flubug
80
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na Stain Stain
50
T4
Ugly wish-fulfillment fantasy for gay people who delight in the agony of clean-living middle-class heterosexual folks. Sort of how normal people watch offal like "Dallas" or "Dynasty" to watch rich people suffer
na coltrane
3
T3
na mallamp
60
T3
na KungFuDolly KungFuDolly
9
T9
na Robzilla
90
T9
na NickGlass
88
T10
na hellboy76 hellboy76
90
T10
Hilarious yet honest and touching at times, this film was one of the first films I remember hearing about being illegal. This of course only added to it's cult appeal.
na Criminal5 Alex Watkins
90
T9
A truly singular combination of biopic, experimental film, social critique, cautionary tale, documentary, and even musical. It's a heady mixture that sets this film far apart from most of its ilk. The idea to have Karen and her peers portrayed by Barbie dolls is brilliant on at least a couple of levels, and the grotesque manner in which Haynes chips away at her appearance surprisingly effective at demonstrating the horrors of anorexia.
na dinadineke dinadineke
80
T6
Perfect dolls and perfect music showing an imperfect story. Watch the 'trailer'
na Warren Warren
85
T8
na Kerc Kerc
25
T8
na collection
36
T2
na by_Devol by Devol
85
T10
na Antares Antares
62
T4
na mathias
60
T6
na FallFoliage
60
T5
na benito
75
T7
na Cuculiza Cuculiza
75
T7
The way Haynes makes us care for Barbie dolls is nothing short of masterful. Geniously inventive documentary.
na Sinister Sinister
60
T3
na Plaza
7
T7
na HVM
80
T9
na flowing flowing
21
T1
Average Tier 7.09 from 182 Rankings rss