Monday, March 22, 2010

Candy Darling: I'm gonna watch the blue birds fly over my shoulder...

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Beautiful Darling, The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar, is a documentary about...uh...exactly that, a deeper look into the life of Warhol Superstar Candy Darling. The film will soon be debuting in the U.S. and I would really love to check it out! In my early years of college I delved into the world of Warhol, reading book after book on the artist and the cast of crazy characters that often surrounded him. The "Superstars", as members of the Factory crowd were called, were an endlessly fascinating yet tragic group of people. Candy Darling was no exception.

The Warhol Superstar was born a he named James Slattery. Not feeling like a he, Slattery transformed himself into a glamorous 'she' - thus - the actress Candy Darling came into existence. She was in various independent films including Warhol classics Flesh and Women in Revolt, small parts in studio films Klute with Jane Fonda and Lady Liberty with Sophia Loren, and cast in Tennessee Williams' play Small Craft Warnings. She was also mentioned in rock 'n' roll legend Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and the subject of The Velvet Underground's "Candy Says". Tragically, she died of leukemia at the young age of twenty-nine.

The film will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art on April 2nd as part of the New Directors/New Films Festival and Lincoln Center on April 3rd.

Check out the trailer:

(Hi John Waters!)


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