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