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Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Total Film

April 2009

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By Glyn Davis, Wallflower

Rating ***

Told using Barbie dolls, Todd Haynes’ banned ‘biopic’ of the ’70s songbird’s doomed tussle with anorexia is a wedge of underground cinema that defines cult. So there’s little need for author Davis to spend pages arguing its case for canonisation. Much better is his account of Superstar’s creation and subsequent gagging at the hands of Richard Carpenter and Mattel. But don’t buy before YouTubeing Haynes’ eerie tragi-com.

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