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Superstar : the Karen Carpenter story

Author: Todd Haynes; Cynthia Schneider
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1987.
Edition/Format:   VHS video : VHS tape   Visual material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Superstar depicts the rise and fall of Karen Carpenter, who, with her brother Richard, formed the pop duo The Carpenters. The Carpenters rose to international popularity in the early to mid seventies on the strength of their melodic tunes. The film is a straight docudrama except that the story is acted out by an ensemble of Barbie dolls working on miniaturized sets with voice-overs providing dialog. The film traces  Read more...
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Named Person: Karen Carpenter
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Todd Haynes; Cynthia Schneider
OCLC Number: 45449883
Notes: This tape is a custom copy.
Credits: Written and produced by Cynthia Schneider and Todd Haynes.
Description: 1 videocassette (43 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS.
Other Titles: Karen Carpenter story
Responsibility: a film by Todd Haynes.

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Superstar depicts the rise and fall of Karen Carpenter, who, with her brother Richard, formed the pop duo The Carpenters. The Carpenters rose to international popularity in the early to mid seventies on the strength of their melodic tunes. The film is a straight docudrama except that the story is acted out by an ensemble of Barbie dolls working on miniaturized sets with voice-overs providing dialog. The film traces the Carpenters' career, their rise to fame, growing family tensions, and Karen's mounting battle with anorexia, which she ultimately lost in 1983. With seventies footage interspersed throughout, this film takes a serious look at anorexia, the seventies and pop-culture despite what might appear to be kitsch on the surface.

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