A portrait of a pioneer who likely would have had an illustrious career, taken too soon. Not a Warhol fan (his aloofness towards his privilege is frustrating, i.e. "oops, I just stumbled into getting a Whitney exhibition") but I do love how he defers to Candy to answer for him. Friend Jeremiah Newman lovingly preserves Candy's legacy, saving her diaries etc. from her mother who wanted to hide Candy's existence.
Tragic and glamorous. Candy's life was full of dichotomies concerning both her private life and public image. Her personality was well crafted but also absent as she struggled with individuality and acceptance. She's portrayed beautifully in this film: a bright flame that burned out too fast.
The archive footage was cool & the subject matter was interesting. I wasn't too familiar with Candy Darling so I assume I got more out of this documentary than an actual fan would. Skates the line between tragic & well, fabulous, falling into both sides often. Some of the interview subjects & their sometimes conflicting stories cracked me up. This didn't exactly inspire to check out Darling's work but I enjoyed it.
What trash. The very first shot of the movie deadnames her and so many of the interviews and filmmaking choices are cruel and transphobic. Candy Darling deserved so much more in life and she deserves so much more in death. At least there was some good archive footage. If you're interested in Candy Darling listen to her episode of Morgan M Page's podcast "One from the Vaults."
I'm so happy that there was a gorgeous movie star named Candy Darling who wrote a diary which was partially recorded (voice by Chloë Sevigny) in this James Rasin doc. The film felt intimate, personal, with a monumentally sad denouement. For a fan, and who wouldn't be a fan?--it rewinds a time, place and artistic gender spirit of the fabulous.
I find this film to be transphobic. I was hoping for storytelling instead of gossip-telling. There's great footage but, in my opinion, the way Candy Darling, Holly Woodland, Jackie Curtis, and the other transwomen’s experiences were framed, leaves way too much to be desired for a film in the 21st century.
"I will not cease to be myself for foolish people. For foolish people make harsh judgements on me. You must always be yourself no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality." - Candy. 3.5 stars