Happy birthday, Karen Carpenter

Todd Haynes controversial biopic, Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, was for many years, a difficult movie to obtain, giving the film a mystique and reputation that helped establish it as a cult classic. Told primarily with the use of Barbie dolls, director Haynes negative portrayal of Karen’s family, and plentiful use of uncleared songs from not only The Carpenters catalog, but that of others seventies superstars, led to a successful lawsuit, by Richard Carpenter, to pull the film from whatever minimal distribution it had received. As the saying goes, “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”, and Haynes successive films each received wider recognition, due in no small part to the initial controversy surrounding the film.


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