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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00766UDSA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,506 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The two films are ones I highly recommend.
Dennis Lee Cleven
Kudos to the director, James Rasin and the producer (and best friend to Candy Darling) Jeremiah Newton.
Laura Bailey
A touching, thought provoking film, it brings a complex historical figure to life.
BWallace

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Byrd VINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
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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 By Stage Door on May 7, 2012
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"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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BWallace on 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 By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva on February 5, 2014
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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. The original Factory was on the fifth floor at 231 East 47th Street, in Midtown Manhattan.Candy also starred in many of Andy's films and was in"SMALL CRAFT WARNINGS" a play by Tennessee Williams.

Lou Reed even wrote "Take a Walk On The Wild Side" about Candy and Holly Woodlawn"

It's a very intimate look inside the life of Candy who was worshiped and adored by the avant garde crown in NYC during the late 60's and early 70's up until her untimely death an age 29 in 1974.

Rare interviews, Pictures commentary from the people who knew her best and more. it's quite tragic but at the same time she really 'Lived" and didn't waste a second of what time she did have.

Always conflicted about her body and who and what she was. Also who and what other people would think she was, although she made no attempt to hide the fact that she was indeed a pre op Transsexual,that was her meal ticket,that's what set her apart from all the other beautiful women in New York,she was fabulous and all eyes were on her. She loved and craved the spotlight but at the same time she wanted to have a husband and a family like any other woman.

Most wanted to gawk at her. She was so beautiful and so feminine that people especially men became so infatuated with her but she never knew if they really liked/loved her or the "novelty" that was Candy Darling.
A feeling I knew all too well.

"I will not cease to be myself for foolish people. For foolish people make harsh judgments on me. You must always be yourself, no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality."
Candy Darling
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Lee Cleven on 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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