(4.5 stars) I really had ZERO idea of Candy Darling's existence before this film. So this film was a COMPLETE and WONDERFUL surprise. It's UTTERLY FASCINATING. The filmmakers are careful to let the people in Candy's life tell the story and edit it all together quite perfectly. An absolutely intriguing story that is told with bold clarity and a loving touch that is apparent throughout every frame of the picture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Candy Darling was someone truly special. She was more than a drag queen, but a true vision of femdom the definition of a woman trapped in the wrong body. This documentary doesn't really cover any new ground but is full of long unseen footage and the memories of those who knew her even if those memories contradict themselves. A film that joins the long list of "factory warhol" documentaries.