Recapturing the excitement of a long lost New York City, Beautiful Darling tells the story of transgender pioneer Candy Darling, a star in the constellation that was Andy Warhol’s Factory.
In this comprehensive film honoring actor and luminary trans icon Candy Darling, director James Rasin gives precedence to compelling interviews with an expansive number of Darling’s contemporaries and greatest admirers. To top it off, the film is lovingly narrated by Chloë Sevigny and Patton Oswalt.
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.
"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
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.
A melancholic account of a pretty pathetic attention whore. There's bravery in what she did back in the sixties, but she was really nothing more than a naive muse. One more face in the portrait gallery of young, queer New Yorkers trying to seem interesting.
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.