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Janis: Little Girl Blue

Directed by Amy Berg
United States, 2015


Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil) delves into the life of late rock legend Janis Joplin.

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Janis: Little Girl Blue Directed by Amy Berg
The emotion behind the music will never die. Amy Berg is a bold director to recognise and channel intangible feelings of longing in this apt, tragic and inspiring documentary.
February 05, 2016
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Berg, smartly, has enlisted Chan Marshall to read Joplin’s letters home to her family in Port Arthur, Texas: These dispatches are so sensible, so perceptive and straightforward, that they offer a hint that Joplin might have eventually pulled it together and survived. The fact that she didn’t is heartbreaking no matter how you feel about Joplin’s music.
September 08, 2015
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Here [Berg] largely conforms to biopic convention – despite citing Darren Aronofsky’s 2000 film Requiem for a Dream as a (not readily detectable) visual influence. Little Girl Blue sticks to a familiar formula of archive footage, photographs and documents, with reminiscences from Joplin’s family, friends and fellow musicians. There’s even a three-act structure: Janis growing up, Janis in a bad, Janis goes solo. It’s in the fact act that image becomes a keynote.
January 04, 2016

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