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Pie in the Sky - The Brigid Berlin Story (2001)

Brigid Berlin , Paul Morrissey , Shelly Dunn Fremont , Vincent Fremont  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brigid Berlin, Paul Morrissey, Honey Berlin, Richard E. Berlin, Richard Bernstein
  • Directors: Shelly Dunn Fremont, Vincent Fremont
  • Producers: Shelly Dunn Fremont, Vincent Fremont, Amy DiPasquale
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005QBYU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pie in the Sky - The Brigid Berlin Story" on IMDb

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  • Never-before-seen film outtakes
  • Filmmaker biography

Editorial Reviews

Brigid Berlin's story takes us on a journey through the life of a blueblood socialite turned Andy Warhol bad-girl. Friends and admirers such as John Waters and Patricia Hearst, as well as Berlin herself, tell the story of a high society girl who rebelled

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Kooky Lady.... April 27, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Like just about everyone associated with Andy Warhol, Brigid Berlin is absolutely bonkers! Having always been fascinated by Andy and his entourage, I was well aware of Brigid Berlin, his star of many of his underground films, the most famous of which was probably "Chelsea Girls." This film is an engaging look at one of the Factory's survivors, of whom there aren't many. That Miss Berlin came from a family of such prestigious roots, her father was William Randolph Hearsts top assistant, and mother Honey a societal doyenne, only make this film all the more fascinating. From the early circa 1940 Berlin home movies, where the rebellion of the then very young Brigid was very her later taped conversations with her extremely irritated and increasingly embarressed mother, the viewer feels like a voyeur, only with Miss Berlins approval. That her family was horrified at their not -so- little girl turning into one of Andy Warhols "Superstars", with all the drugs, sex, and decadence that accompanied that dubious distinction, is not very surprising. What is surprising is Miss Berlin's unapologetic attitude, then and now. Her feistiness and continued irritation at the very memory of her parents attempts to turn her into a debutant, all to no avail, is very amusing. There are also great vintage clips from the Warhol years, where the very clever and witty Brigid has no problem defying even the great God Warhol, who considered Brigid a life-long confidant. Brigid was herself very creative, and, though not exactly an artist technically, conjured up art through her writings, recordings, photos, and her trademark scrapbooks. She was typical of those Warhol liked to surround himself with, outrageous people consistently fresh with ideas with which to inspire himself. Read more ›
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and Fun! November 17, 2001
You may know a little or a lot about Warhol and The Factory. Personally, as much as I admire much of Warhol's art, I found his films and his entourage to be a little disconcerting. Sleeze. Narcotics. Hopelessness and boredom. Trashy. Brigid Berlin, as it turns out, was set apart from classic Warhol-like apathy. She was a more purposeful part of the group, and a legitimate artist on her own. This film gives us nice insight into a privileged but troubled childhood, a supreme eating disorder which (I bet) a lot more of us can recognize than not, and an ongoing struggle to walk, to maintain balance on a narrow rail from which either side threatens chaos or despair. Ms. Berlin still has a few things to say. Most interesting of all, this is not a tragedy. This is a story of what happens when the young ultra-hip grow up. (The scene that turns out to be a parody of Warhol's Chelsea Girls is really top-notch comedy.) A wonderful, flawless, brilliant documentary!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best documentaries I have ever seen January 16, 2004
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I loved the portrait of this amazing woman. She was very intelligent and very crazed and more than anything, hugely fascinating. One thing I loved so much was that it touched on so many faces of this New York rebel......from her childhood to her parents social status to BB's own expression as an artist and a hugely compulsive cleaner. It covers her genuine friendship with Warhol and sheds a very compassionate light on the emotions of an overeater.
Wonderful documentary that will leave you with a smile on your face. When everyone tries so hard to be one, she is a true eccentric.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "Overweight Troublemaker" Tells All October 11, 2007
Brigid Berlin was the child every parent fears having. Born in 1939 to media mogul Richard Berlin and his socialite wife Honey, Brigid seemed to be on the fast track to a world of wealth and social registers--but she had a weight problem, and when mother Honey focused upon this Brigid rebelled. It was a rebellion that would ultimately lead her reject her parents, their way of life, and their values as absurdly superficial.

In 1964 Brigid met rising artist Andy Warhol, who had a knack for picking up extreme personalities and using them to fuel both his ambitions and inspiration. For once, however, he gave almost as much as he took: Brigid not only developed an arts reputation in her own right, she also managed to remain friends with Warhol until his 1987 death--something that very few people, and particularly those of Warhol's 1960s circle, ever managed.

PIE IN THE SKY might best be described as a collage of Brigid Berlin then and now. Released in 2000, the film finds her living in New York, where she has considerable cache in the avant guarde arts world--and obessing about her weight, her smoking habit, her past, her present, her future--and indeed virtually everything. In fact, the word "obessing" might be the keynote in her life, which she documents as it unfolds with a degree of relentlessness that is quite astonishing.

Yesterday--be it literally yesterday or fifty years ago--is just as intense in Berlin's mind as today, and a good portion of the film is given over to her reflections on her parents, the way of life that she rejected, and the pleasure she took in horrifying the social world throughout her life. She talks about art. She demonstrates her technique, which might be generously described as body painting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay.
I was hoping this film would be a bit more engaging. But it isn't all that well made. Too many sit down interviews and not enough verite footage or b-roll.
Published 11 months ago by Robert Byrd
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN !
Campy. trashy and fun !!
This is a great film for those who appreciate bad cinema .
A must-have in my collection !
Published 21 months ago by John M davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Brigid, Give Me a Poke!
While she was a Warhol acolyte, Brigid Berlin was known as Brigid "Polk," which was a play on the word "poke. Read more
Published on June 12, 2012 by Suzinne Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Few Survivors Of The Andy Warhol Era!
Brigid Berlin. Having worked for the Hearst Corporation in the early to mid 80s, her father's name was still being dropped years after he retired. Read more
Published on January 29, 2011 by Anna V. Carroll
2.0 out of 5 stars Key Lime
Pie in the Sky is the story of a high-society girl (Berlin) who mortifies her parents with her willful self-destruction. I felt so incredibly sad for them. Read more
Published on March 5, 2008 by Paul Beauparlant
5.0 out of 5 stars Please, give us a little Pie !
What a wonderful series. Who knew that Harry Potter's uncle could be so entertaining. Truthfully, this is a great little British mystery series with some great comedy and... Read more
Published on December 13, 2007 by M. Herr
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Mysteries
From the cover....After being shot on duty, Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe decides, against the will of his superiors and his accountant wife, to retire and open his own... Read more
Published on January 17, 2006 by jeaniusshops2
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but poorly focused
I liked this movie, but felt it was overlong and dwelt too much on Berlin's present-day family problems and eating disorder. Read more
Published on July 19, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I fell in love with this film when I first viewed it.
It is without question one of the best documentary films that I have ever seen. Read more
Published on November 13, 2001 by S. Dunn
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