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Glyn Davis is a lecturer at the Glasgow School of Art. He is the author of Queer as Folk (2007) and the co-editor of Queer TV (2008).

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Product Details

  • Series: Cultographies
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press (March 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905674880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905674886
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,535,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a further look into a movie I have enjoyed throughout the years. I have been a fan of Karen Carpenter since 1971 and found the movie to be an interesting yet positive look at her life and career. The book helped to answer some questions I had concerning it's making and the banning of the movie. I felt it was wrong for Richard Carpenter to ban the movie, but at the same point Todd Haynes did not have the rights to use the music. Although, I get the feeling Richard Carpenter wanted this movie banned because it hit on the truth and showed him in a somewhat negative manner.
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Extremely interesting for those who study film or make them. I bought it because I wanted more info about Karen Carpenter, not because I was looking for what makes "Superstar" a cult film. Nevertheless, it's pretty intriguing to read about how this film was made, why it was axed by Richard Carpenter, and what makes it worthy of its status...and now I want to watch the movie!
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I have been a fan of SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY ever since first seeing it on a bootleg VHS eight or nine years ago. I even got to watch the film in a crowded indie theater at an invitation only screening. The author does a great job of describing exactly what it is about Todd Haynes film that is so captivating. If you are a fan of the Todd Haynes film and are looking for more insight into its creation, distribution, and meaning than I recommend this book.
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I found this book to be quite informative on the making and symbolism of this fantastic cult film. It gave me more understanding on the movie.

I have enjoyed watching this movie over 20 times now and see something different each time.

I am still waiting and hoping for it's official re-release.
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I happened to see this banned film on YouTube, which I strongly urge your seeking out either if you are interested in the life of Karen Carpenter or in anorexia. This little paperback explains the development of this art film, how it came to be banned, and analyzes the themes within this film. It is a fine addition to the YouTube film.
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