Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is a American experimental short biographical film that portrays the last 17 years of singer Karen Carpenter 's life, as she struggled with anorexia. Directed by ช้างไห้ - คาราบาว - 20 ปี คาราบาว Box Set Haynes Carpenters - Superstarthe film uses Barbie dolls as actors, as well as documentaries and artistic footage.
Superstar was co-written and co-produced by Haynes and Cynthia Schneider, with an unauthorized soundtrack consisting mostly of the hit songs of The Carpenters. It was filmed over a ten-day period at Bard College in the summer of Barry Ellsworth collaborated on the film and was the cinematographer for the Barbie themed interior segments of the film.
The film was withdrawn from circulation in after Haynes lost a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Karen's Carpenters - Superstar and musical collaborator, Richard Carpenter. Meanwhile, over the years Superstar has developed into a cult Carpenters - Superstar has notably Carpenters - Superstar bootleggedand is included in Entertainment Weekly ' s list of top 50 cult movies. The film follows Karen Carpenter from the time of her "discovery" inher quick rise to stardom, to her untimely death by cardiac arrest secondary to anorexia nervosa in It begins in Karen's parents' home in Downey, California on February 4,and the viewer follows through the eyes of Karen's mother, Agnes Carpenter, as she discovers her body in a closet.
An unusual facet of the film is that, instead of actors, almost all of the parts are played by modified Barbie dolls. In particular, Haynes detailed Karen's worsening anorexia by subtly whittling away at the face and arms of the "Karen" Barbie doll.
Sets were created properly scaled to the dolls, including locales such as the Carpenter home in Downey, Karen's apartment in Century Cityrestaurants, and recording studios. Details such as labels on wine bottles and Ex-Lax boxes were shrunk in proportion. Interspersed with the story are documentary -style segments detailing both the times in which Karen Carpenter Carpenters - Superstar and anorexia, as well as blurred and distorted flashing segments that are intended to break the flow of the film.
These segments were seen as melodramatic parodies of the documentary genre. However, the soundtrack also includes distinctive experimental synthesizer pieces that serve as motifs during extremely tense moments in the plot. The tone of the film is sympathetic to Karen, especially in Latte E Miele - Rimani Nella Mia Vita / Patetica: Parte Seconda to her anorexia, but much of that sympathy is seemingly gained by making the other characters unsympathetic.
Karen's parents, Harold and Agnes, are portrayed as overly controlling, attempting to keep Karen living at home even after she turned twenty-five. Agnes was portrayed as unaware of the extent of Karen's problem with anorexia.
Richard Carpenter was portrayed as a rampant perfectionist who frequently sided with his parents against Karen, and he was also depicted as being more concerned with his and Karen's careers than with Karen's health. This culminated in a scene where Richard berates a fatigued and obviously ill Karen for not meeting business demands, yelling at her, "What are you trying to do?
Ruin both of our careers? Haynes then insinuated, during a fight between Richard and Karen over her renewed use of Ex-Lax, that Richard had a secret that he didn't want his parents to know about. Haynes' dark treatment of the film included using black captions which often blend in with the scene, rendering them unreadable. Haynes also works spankinga common theme in his works, into the film, through a repeated segment featuring a black-and-white overhead view of someone administering an over-the-knee spanking to the bare-bottomed adult Barbie Karen.
The meaning of this segment is never discussed, leaving it to the viewer's imagination and serving as a motif breaking any intention of normality in the film. Upon its release, the film was a minor art hit, and was shown at several film festivals. Richard sued Haynes for failing to obtain the clearances and won.
As a result of the lawsuit, all copies of the film were to have been recalled and destroyed. In his analysis of Superstar ' s bootleg existence, Lucas Hilderbrand, a professor of film studies Carpenters - Superstar University of California, Irvinestated: "Analogue reproduction of the text rather than destroying the original's aura, actually reconstructs it.
Materially the fallout of the image and sound mark each successive copy as an Carpenters - Superstar object, a forbidden pleasure watched and shared and loved to exhaustion. Superstar, as a bootleg phenomenon during the s, remains a popular act of civil disobedience, shifting the focus away from the copyright issues to its pertinence within digital media and its aesthetics.
The documentary continues to be watched, shared, and copied, therefore reshaping the viewers' reception of Superstar historically and emotionally. The tapes have primarily circulated through personal connections, but they have also found other ways to circulate, such as other video watching websites. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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