Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987)

director Todd Haynes
viewed: 02/10/2018

Utterly brilliant.

AM radio in the 1970s, the Carpenters were ubiquitous. A constant of my childhood music awareness.

I remember Karen Carpenter’s death. I had never heard of anorexia nervosa, probably a lot of the world had not heard of it til then. As ubiquitous as it is in the world.

Todd Haynes’ Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is transcendent. And the legacy of this film, its legal limbo that presses it into its weird cult existence is somehow also poetical, and yet still redeeming, as it exists and is and can be found, seen, and experienced.

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