Jackson West’s Obsessive Compulsion

Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story

Posted in Uncategorized by Jackson West on December 28, 2006

This torrent is a must-download. Directed by Todd Haynes, it never got released because of legal complications — rumor has it that Karen’s brother Richard, who succesfully sued to limit the film’s distribution, was particularly incensed that the film insinuated that he is homosexual. I’ve only ever seen it on a multi-generation bootleg VHS dub. To give an idea of how fantastic it is, here’s a great quote from the end of the Wikipedia article on the film:

“The Museum of Modern Art retains a copy of this film but has agreed with the Carpenter estate not to exhibit it.”

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  1. North Shore Funding said, on December 31, 2006 at 1:47 am

    My first album i ever owned was a Carpenter’s Album… I was in love with her as a little boy.. Her life took such a tragic turn… It is good to see someone remember her.. She was a gift to us all…

  2. Molly said, on January 4, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    omg omg omg… I saw this once on a copy of a copy of a copy VHS tape. Ooooh! Thank you JW.

  3. V.E.G. said, on June 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story is only available on the black market. Some people smuggle the copies in.


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