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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)
Genre: Short
Country: USA
Directed By: Todd Haynes
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na benito
75
T7
na 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 rb42083
80
T6
na Antares
62
T4
na ddyment
70
T6
na avgcrtckr
71
T9
na NorthSider
95
T10
na mathias
60
T6
na Judo Koala
70
T5
na postmodifier
95
T10
na acrolyne
88
T8
na purity
2
T6
na RoundMyWay
60
T6
na onetwothree
60
T7
na mark83
8
T9
na Mulholland
80
T9
na maborosi
70
T7
na denis408
4
T1
na pavementSAW
85
T8
na kangadoodoo
75
T9
na Barkinson
80
T10
na HanekeSolo
90
T7
na 1strong
94
T10
na JakeAesthete
66
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 Grouchy
84
T7
na Plaza
7
T7
na burhenn
90
T7
na PeaceAnarchy
75
T5
Really silly and yet oddly effective in its portrayal of anorexia. Worth watching just for the originality of the production.
na nicks112
95
T9
na Alon Reter
75
T9
na eitan62
95
T9
na Timon88
84
T9
na undinum
90
T9
na JerryJ
80
T8
na Robzilla
90
T9
na mallamp
60
T3
na PeregrinVelo
80
T9
na syvyys
85
T7
na Dennis Brian
85
T8
na 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 Edson Abas
85
T9
na Dicke_Taube
50
T2
na nrm5
78
T10
na Sinister
60
T3
na BaalMan
90
T9
na Spunkie
45
T3
Anorexia Nervosa is....inventive, yet didactic.
na sidehacker
73
T7
na ChrisReynold
58
T4
na Jos
84
T8
na flubug
80
T5
na Parallax
81
T6
na Golfingdanls
6
T5
na winds
6
T8
na filmaffinity
65
T6
na borges
4
T6
na x-human
85
T9
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 Limdebois
80
T9
na karolcrist
80
T8
na lagartazul
97
T10
na NickGlass
88
T10
na 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 Carlospro
80
T8
na Darbicus
80
T9
na 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 Raiders
93
T10
na boxgod
71
T7
na noir
80
T6
na pzingg
80
T3
na Cerebrus
60
T5
na yilb
70
T8
Weird at how effective this is when it is a preposterous idea at the outset.
na catfacer
70
T6
na RNG
92
T10
na Coredor
78
T8
na debaser1985
68
T5
na IMDb-byvotes
80
T10
na Matt Burgess
96
T10
na dharmabum
85
T9
na frbrown
50
T1
na Hailey
91
T9
na coutinho
83
T9
na fenixdown
79
T7
na meester
70
T6
na bal3x
70
T7
na HVM
80
T9
na ledfloyd
70
T5
na Kerc
25
T8
na Cuculiza
75
T7
The way Haynes makes us care for Barbie dolls is nothing short of masterful. Geniously inventive documentary.
na nrm4
72
T8
na Box Of Frogs
4
T10
na Rumplesink
65
T5
na JM1138
79
T9
na Dick Laurent
90
T8
na Sheldrake
70
T7
na Zeno
75
T6
na givethanks
87
T10
na Nroo
68
T5
na jbs5
96
T8
na Veterini
88
T10
na Johnny Case
70
T9
na DBibby
70
T5
na Bondo
85
T9
na engin
75
T9
na mightysparks
60
T7
na FallFoliage
60
T5
na joachimt
70
T6
na soybomb42
85
T7
na ooh waffles
8
T8
na donquixotic
0
T6
na ladymcdeath
78
T8
na imdb
81
T10
na SheWas
75
T9
Bratz couldn't have done this better.
na Warren
85
T8
na Alien
50
T3
na supergloo
9
T9
na Dimentia
70
T4
na Canguro
89
T10
na welike
30
T7
na hsncrspywl
83
T7
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 jeff_v
75
T8
na bawalter1
9
T9
na Grisso
69
T5
na donezo
98
T10
na elixir
71
T8
na dzacharyt
16
T6
na MartinTeller
89
T10
Almost too campy to stomach, but hilarious and oddly moving in its own way.
na KungFuDolly
9
T9
na soliloquist
73
T3
na ARUCARD
40
T4
na mscoulson
88
T9
Brilliant in an odd way. It's a shame it's not widely available.
na Corganist
72
T4
na ???
75
T8
na flowing
21
T1
na dejvid22
91
T6
na dinadineke
80
T6
Perfect dolls and perfect music showing an imperfect story. Watch the 'trailer'
na lizzle
80
T6
na Sebastian
66
T5
na Coheed
70
T7
na Cronos
60
T6
na Mochard
72
T9
na 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 Ocelot
75
T7
Ick.
na by Devol
85
T10
na kyle.loomis
7
T9
na hoolie
95
T9
na Alex Watkins
85
T8
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 electriccafe
85
T9
na masoo
75
T6
na volver
30
T2
na philocrates
1
T1
na johnatanjj
76
T5
na ANorthSiderA
95
T8
na Meowfresh
92
T9
na willow
86
T9
na gimmefiction
85
T9
na negative
3
T8
na Esmerodo
75
T6
na ColonelTigh
90
T5
na mystery_man
90
T10
na RadioFreeLee
78
T5
na NRM03
84
T10
na silentbob
85
T7
na caseymanning
70
T3
na DLawrence
75
T5
na collection
36
T2
na batui
95
T10
na lineuphere
80
T6
na mosesismoses
87
T9
na coltrane
3
T3
na 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 Mingus
2
T6
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