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  • Summary: 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."
    Born James Slattery in a Long Island suburb in 1944, he transformed himself into a
    gorgeous, blonde actress and well-known downtown New York figure. Candy's career took her through the raucous and revolutionary Off-off-Broadway theater scene and into Andy Warhol's legendary Factory. There she became close to Warhol and starred in two Factory movies that still shock and amuse today: Flesh and Women in Revolt. Candy used her Warhol fame to land further film roles, and her admirer Tennessee Williams cast her in his play Small Craft Warnings. She dreamed of becoming a Hollywood star, but tragically died of lymphoma in the early Seventies, at only twenty-nine. (Corinth Releasing) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    May 5, 2011
    80
    A transgender icon with a life as tragically short as some of the idols she worshipped, she's the deserving subject of an archivally rich remembrance, and such is James Rasin's poignant documentary Beautiful Darling.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 19, 2011
    80
    The film isn't blinded by Candy's beauty and celebrity; it digs critically, if still empathetically, beneath.
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 22, 2011
    75
    James Rasin's documentary is surprisingly the first to focus on one of Warhol's biggest attractions, the attractive male-to-female transsexual Candy Darling, best known for inspiring Lou Reed's song "A Walk on the Wild Side."
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 5, 2011
    75
    Beautiful Darling not only explains the appeal of its subject; it actively contributes to her ongoing mystique.
  5. Reviewed by: Loren King
    May 5, 2011
    75
    As fascinating as the material is, like so much of popular culture it doesn't hold up well out of context.
  6. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 21, 2011
    70
    Beautiful Darling, James Rasin's touching documentary biography of Candy Darling, the transsexual Andy Warhol "superstar," is a sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars.
  7. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Apr 19, 2011
    40
    Denied the opportunity to see Candy at her best, simultaneously mocking and paying homage to golden-age glamour, viewers instead get too much of Jeremiah Newton, a close friend of the actress's and guardian of her papers, personal effects, and ashes (and one of Beautiful Darling's producers).
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  1. Jun 4, 2011
    7
    As a big fan of Lou Reed, I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. It filled in some of the gaps in that period. I must admit this is the fourth film where Andy Warhol is portrayed as user of people. Expand