Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
Filmfest 2012

German Age Rating

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Though a straightforward life story, this deadly earnest sociopolitical commentary features a bizarre ensemble of Barbie dolls, uncannily assembled by artist Todd Haynes, who sees Karen variously as a toy, a product and a role model for little girls. Who could imagine feeling empathy for Barbie or finding depth in the Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays"? Haynes, a semiologist, achieves both in this postmodern puppet show. Rita Kempley, The Washington Post

tags: Short film

Cast: Merrill Gruver, Michael Edwards, Melissa Brown, Rob LaBelle, Nannie Doyle


Screenplay: Todd Haynes, Cynthia Schneider

Director of Photography: Barry Ellsworth

Costume Design: Gina Garan

Producer: Todd Haynes

Production Company: Iced Tea Productions

Co-Producer: Cynthia Schneider

Director: Todd Haynes