THE LIFE AND TIME OF CANDY DARLING, ANDY WARHOL SUPERSTAR
Timely documentary about 1960s transgender pioneer, Candy Darling.
Narrated by Chloe Sevigny, and featuring archival footage and interviews with Tennessee Williams, Andy Warhol, Fran Liebowitz, and John Waters, amongst many others.
Beautiful Darling chronicles the short but influential life of transgender pioneer Candy Darling, who grew up dreaming of being the next Kim Novak and became an Andy Warhol Superstar instead. Candy Darling 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.”
Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life — to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handed overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol. Mainstream stardom soon beckoned to Darling, but aside from bit appearances in such productions as Klute (1971) — and playwright Tennessee Williams’s decision to cast her in a production of his Small Craft Warnings — she continued to suffer from marginalization. Internally, Darling suffered from an intense and bitter loneliness that propelled her into a life-long search for love, she also wielded boundless courage — the same courage that enabled her to transform herself from a Long Island-bred young man into a Manhattan glamour goddess. Tragically, she died of lymphoma at age 29, soon after attaining stardom. James Rasin’s documentary Beautiful Darling pays unfettered tribute to Darling’s all-too-brief life and career, with a combination of current and vintage interview material, rarely seen archival photos and footage, and extracts from Darling’s movies.
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WINNER – Best Film – Montenegro Documentary Film Festival
WINNER – Best Documentary – Chicago Int’l Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Berlin Int’l Film Festival (Panorama)
OFFICIAL SELECTION – Sydney Int’l Film Festival
“A haunting documentary reveals the most beautiful, and tragic, of Andy Warhol’s superstars…”– Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
“Incisive…’Darling’ experly recreates a slice of the cultural history of the ’60s while also telling us something about the poisonous addiction of fame.” – Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
“This riveting documentary about one of the legendary triumphant gender illusionists is also a compelling portrait of an endlessly fascinating era.” – David Noh, Film Journal International
“A tender biographical portrait” – The New York Times
“Touching and twisted” – The Hollywood Reporter
“a beautiful tragedy” – Film Monthly