Todd Haynes' brilliant debut. Really a feature film, I saw it as such in a real movie theater when it came out. It is Haynes' best film. Richard Carpenter sued Haynes and all copies are supposed to be destroyed, except for the copy at MOMA, which they have promised NEVER TO SHOW! As of this writing it is on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rACJWPd3VnI&list=PLFA2E8199C6C1EA8B&index=64
She was the Christiane F. of Downey, California; the Republican Party's Lady Day. Oddly, Todd Haynes' Barbie doll Karen gave us more insight into feminine repression and the myth of perfectionism American-style, than any role I can remember since Kim Stanley's turn in The Goddess. I kept hoping Sonic Youth would back her up in Superstar, but the fates are cruel.
"at first i thought it was a joke & then i thought it was deadly serious" - a youtube comment i agree with, & am glad that i do. the fear of using barbie dolls in a tale of anorexia taking someone's life - you hope it's not akin to a bad robot chicken sketch. & it wasn't of course. by then end it seemed more appropriate than using actual actors.