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Beautiful Darling DVD (2011)

Candy Darling , Andy Warhol , James Rasin  |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Candy Darling, Andy Warhol
  • Directors: James Rasin
  • Producers: Jeremiah Newton
  • Format: DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Studio: Corinth Films
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00766UDSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,359 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very, Very Good! March 8, 2012
Having seen many of Paul Morrissey directed/Andy Warhol produced films like FLESH and TRASH, I was somewhat familiar with the performing side of transgendered glamour queen, Candy Darling. But, after watching this fantastic documentary I realized that I knew nothing about the personal side of this beautiful, but very sad and lonely woman. Candy Darling grew up in a cookie cutter suburb of New York around people who could just as well have been from another planet. There was nothing in the life or routine of those early surroundings that inspired the slightest level of comfort or self-esteem in a boy who wanted to be a glamorous girl. But, a move to New York in Candy's early teens changed everything, and eventually led her to the great heights of fame that she dreamed of. Yet, through it all was a nagging loneliness that eventually consumed Candy and played a pivotal role in her desire to simply die when she was diagnosed with Lymphoma at age 28. The nice thing about Candy is that her fame lives on through this very generous and affirming documentary. In fact, the film proves that nothing works better at helping us understand those whose realities lie far outside the mainstream than witnessing a heavy dose of their vulnerable humanity. Strongly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, unexpectedly moving May 7, 2012
"Beautiful Darling" is a documentary film about the actress and Andy Warhol Superstar Candy Darling; she was born a boy but transformed herself into a beautiful blonde "movie star" before dying tragically young. I saw this film when it was in the theater: I was taken by the poster, which is the same image as on the DVD cover, and walked in off the street knowing pretty much nothing about Candy Darling. I was in for a 100% pleasant surprise as I was deeply moved by this story of an outsider trying to make his/her way in life. Though I am not gay or transgender or particularly interested in art or really anything that you would think this film would be exclusively about, I found myself relating to Candy and her odd, inspiring life -- it's really a film about a person who is just trying to find her way, trying to figure out who she is and how she can overcome the obstacles that life has put in her way. It wasn't easy, but she succeeded and her story is both sad and strangely uplifting. Also, there is a lot of really great archival footage here, lots of great music, and lots of great interviews with a cast of real interesting characters (some famous, some not so much so) who knew and worked with Candy. They bring great insight and aren't dry or boring at all. One note: You have to watch the film to the very end of the credits. The actress Chloe Sevigny reads Candy's letters and diaries throughout (and does a beautiful job; I don't think I've ever heard do voice work before; she should do more), but when she comes back rather unexpectedly toward the end of the closing credits to read one last thing . . . it is a real heart killer. An excellent film, highly recommended -- it was in lots of big film festivals and got glowing reviews, so obviously I'm not the only one who thinks so.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating December 5, 2012
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This documentary is worth every penny! A touching, thought provoking film, it brings a complex historical figure to life. I feel good about supporting this independent film maker, and I'm hoping to see more documentaries like this one in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candy was a Beautiful Darling March 1, 2013
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"Beautiful Darling" is a very poignant film. Candy Darling was discovered by Andy Warhol and she appeared in "Flesh" and "Women in Revolt" both directed by Paul Morrissey. Candy was biologically male but took estrogen which did increase her female appearance. She worked hard at being a woman more than Warhol's other two "transvestite" stars: Jackie Curtis and Holly Woodlawn. Candy was a transsexual but hesitated having a sex change. One reason may very well have been that she didn't have the money. Her idol was Kim Novak and Candy spoke like her and acted like her in many ways.
Candy was intelligent and readings from her journals reveal her inner thoughts which were sometimes very sad because she was an outcast.
Her very good friend, Jeremiah Newton, adds a great deal to the film. Others who share their memories of Candy include Holly Woodlawn, Paul Morrissey, Jayne County, Fran Leibowitz and several others. I only wish that there was more information on the other films she appeared that were not associated with the Andy Warhol Factory. This could have easily been a longer film. It left me wanting more. No mention is made that Candy had a half-brother from her mother's previous marriage who would have nothing to do with Candy.
Candy Darling had a presence and she could have done cabaret like Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis did in after Andy Warhol quit using "transvestites" in his films.
This film is worth every cent! I also have "Superstar in a Housedress" about Jackie Curtis. The two films are ones I highly recommend. Candy Darling is worth remembering and, if you are unfamaliar with her, she is well worth learning about. She is utterly fascinating. Buy this documentary. You won't regret it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride for Candy Darling January 26, 2013
By Aminata
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This film depicts life in the village in the early 70's, hanging with Andy Warhol, Tennessee Williams, plus other big stars of today. Candy, Beautiful Darling, is an enigma. Through the insights depicted in the film, the viewer can really understand the infatuation with Candy for so many people. And also understand her pain. Fabulous film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It came in good condition it played wonderful
Published 2 months ago by Theodore Adreece Rawles
5.0 out of 5 stars An intimate Documentary about the Fabulous Candy Darling
Documentary about Candy Darling the Beautiful Transgender enigma that was a staple at Andy Warhol's factory which had three different locations between 1962 and 1984. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Extraordinary. A MUST SEE documentary.
This documentary is a phenomenally thoughtful, nuanced presentation both of the life (and death) of Candy Darling, star in many of Andy Warhol's films, and of the human experience... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin H. Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Documentary
This documentary film was very well done! Fascinating interviews and footage! Kudos to everyone who put this together to tell such an amazing story!
Published 9 months ago by KAF
4.0 out of 5 stars Intimate Look
I enjoyed this intimate look into the life of Candy Darling. It was definitely food for thought about how we are all individuals. Very well done and respectful in my opinion.
Published 10 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Candy Darling Documentary.
This is a very personal movie that is lovingly treated and a wonderment to watch. Kudos to the director, James Rasin and the producer (and best friend to Candy Darling) Jeremiah... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Laura Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD
This an excellent and memorable DVD on the life of Candy Darling. I just loved it as did other members of my family who viewed it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Prisoner Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I came across a video of Candy Darling randomly on YouTube and I was instantly fascinated by her. She was so beautiful and interesting and being a transsexual myself in the process... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Prudence
1.0 out of 5 stars Sad, perverse
This sad creature was born male, but appeared female; he/she pursued fame for its own sake, which is a waste of a God-given life. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Douglas Groothuis
5.0 out of 5 stars a star of andy warhol
if you aare a fan of andy warhol and world of colorful factory superstars, then is for you. a rare look atcandy darling's life as a star of warhol
Published 22 months ago by albert kroeyr
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