Thursday, September 17, 2015

LGBT Film Review: Beautiful Darling

Synopsis (courtesy of Amazon):

Beautiful Darling chronicles the short but influential life of Candy Darling who was a major part of Andy Warhol's entourage and was one of the inspirations for the Lou Reed song "Walk on the Wild Side."

My Review:

Candy Darling was more than a transgender glamour queen, but a sad, lonely, and tragic soul. Her story doesn't stray too far from the likes of Marilyn Monroe. It's eerie, but hardly surprising. Even Candy herself felt and knew that she'd die forever young, blonde, and beautiful as she also knew and felt that she'd one day be a star. In all accounts, what she always felt and knew would be her life, that was what happened, even at its tragic end. The heart of this documentary is about that without sugar-coating or creating this overly fantasized version of the Andy Warhol Superstar. There's so much sadness in Beautiful Darling, it really permeates in every scene. It's depressing, but there's also so much love, compassion, and understanding as to why and how Candy was so vulnerable, and how that vulnerability was partly what made her charming, likeable, and intriguing. The archival footage here is amazing, the music is a nostalgic timewarp, and the cast of characters (her friends and colleagues, some well-known, like fellow Andy Warhol Superstar, Holly Woodlawn, while others not, but still colorful in their own right) give us deeper insight into Candy. Chloë Sevigny reads Candy's letters and diaries throughout and does an incredible job channeling Candy's voice, especially at the documentary's conclusion where it really hits hard at the heart. That truly is Beautiful Darling for you. One gut-wrenching film, but utterly fascinating.

4 comments:

  1. I don't know anything about Candy other than her association with Andy Warhol. I'd definitely like to check this docu out.

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  2. I saw this movie on Netflix a while back and I enjoyed it.

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    1. I saw this on Netflix as well and was moved :). I'm glad that you enjoyed it too!

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