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Beautiful Darling -- A documentary on Andy Warhol's protege, Candy Darling.


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The life and times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol superstar. See more »
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Candy Darling ... Herself (archive footage)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)

Holly Woodlawn ... Herself

Fran Lebowitz ... Herself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

Julie Newmar ... Herself
Jeremiah Newton ... Himself

John Waters ... Himself

Jackie Curtis ... Herself (archive footage)

Michael J. Pollard ... Himself

Tennessee Williams ... Himself (archive footage)

Lou Reed ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Beard ... Himself
Bob Colacello ... Himself
Jayne County ... Herself
Aaron Richard Golub ... Himself
Melba LaRose Jr. ... Herself
Gerard Malanga ... Himself

Taylor Mead ... Himself
Nico ... Herself (archive footage)
Glenn O'Brien ... Himself
Valerie Solanas ... Herself (archive footage) (as Valerie Solanis)
George Abagnalo ... Himself
Penny Arcade ... Herself
Ron Delsener ... Himself
Robert Heide ... Himself
Paul Ambrose ... Himself
Vincent Fremont ... Himself
Sam Green ... Himself
Pat Hackett ... Herself
Agosto Machado ... Himself

Geraldine Smith ... Herself
Ruby Lynn Reyner ... Herself
Helen Hanft ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)

Patton Oswalt ... Andy Warhol / Truman Capote (voice)

Chloë Sevigny ... (voice)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
James Rasin 
Writing credits
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James Rasin  written by

Produced by
Elisabeth Bentley .... producer (as Elizabeth Bentley)
Gill Holland .... producer
Carly Hugo .... co-producer
Lynne Kirby .... executive producer: Sundance Channel
Anne Loretto .... co-producer
Jessica Marx .... co-producer
Hilary McCutcheon .... associate producer
Meg E. Newman .... associate producer
Michael J. Newman .... executive producer
Jeremiah Newton .... producer
Ann Rose .... executive producer: Sundance Channel
Zachary Stuart-Pontier .... co-producer
Original Music by
Gerald Busby 
Louis Durra 
Cinematography by
Martina Radwan 
Film Editing by
Zachary Stuart-Pontier  (as Zac Stuart-Pontier)
Art Department
Mike Gaines .... motion graphics
Tony Jannetti .... key art
Daishi Takiishi .... motion graphics
Sound Department
Tyler Cartner .... sound mixer
Jesse Flower-Ambroch .... additional sound mixer
Andy Hay .... sound designer
Andy Hay .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Hay .... supervising sound editor
Robin Shore .... additional sound mixer
Laura Sinnott .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Colon .... additional cinematographer
Marcela Coto .... assistant camera
Ganesh Hennigs .... assistant camera: second unit
Gabriel Judet-Weinshel .... additional cinematographer
Alan McIntyre Smith .... additional cinematographer
Casting Department
Michael V. Nicolo .... casting
Editorial Department
Adam Corre .... post-production assistant: New York
Marcela Coto .... assistant editor
Brian Gates .... assistant editor
Howard Leder .... on-line editor
Jack Michael Marshall .... post-production assistant: Los Angeles
Paul Roman .... color correction
Brady Walker .... post-production assistant: New York
Music Department
Ben Decter .... composer: additional music
Louis Durra .... musician: piano
Peter Iselin .... music supervisor
Other crew
Royce Berkowitz .... archival research
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
Derek Darling .... archival research
Christina DeHaven .... archival research
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Jenna Friedenberg .... digital assistant
Barbara Gregson .... additional clearances
Barbara Gregson .... archival research
Evan Krauss .... legal counsel
Anne Loretto .... assistant to Mr. Rasin & Mr. Newton
Jon Ryan McMahon .... production assistant
Pam Plymell .... production bookkeeper
Tara Sad .... transcriptionist
Miranda Sajdak .... production assistant
George Abagnalo .... special thanks
Elizabeth Horvath .... special thanks
Katherine Juda .... very special thanks
Paul Marcus .... very special thanks
Ryan McGinley .... special thanks
Kim Novak .... thanks
Anton Perich .... special thanks
Werner Schroeter .... special thanks
Steina Vasulka .... special thanks
Woody Vasulka .... special thanks
Jack Walls .... special thanks
Holly Woodlawn .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling" - USA (alternative title)
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85 min
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Director James Rasin spent several days on an extremely tight budget shooting interviews with Julie Newmar, Michael J. Pollard and Holly Woodlawn in Los Angeles. His extensive interview with last surviving transgendered Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn played out over the course of three days, all shot at Woodlawn's West Hollywood apartment.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Bananas (1971)See more »
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Take a walk on the wild side, 9 March 2010
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

Edie Sedgwick, Andy's druggie socialite "muse," and a real girl, was dead by 1971. Among the "chicks with dicks" who gathered at the second, Union Square version of Andy Warhol's Factory, Candy Darling was the most ethereal and beautiful and pure, it seems from this documentary, which recounts her short life. She died of lymphatic cancer before reaching the age of thirty, already by then cast off by Andy, who used Holly Woodlawn and Jackie Curtis in later films. One of the many photographers who lensed her, Peter Hujar did a glamorous portrait of Candy on her hospital deathbed, garlanded with roses and still perfectly made up.

This documentary's existence is due to the devotion of Candy Darling's closest male friend, Jeremiah Newton, prominently featured and also a producer. He still carries the flame, and Beautiful Darling is book-ended by his arranging for Candy's ashes to be buried along with his (Jeremiah's) mother's, under a tombstone for them and, when his time comes, Jeremiah himself. Back in the day, he attached himself to Candy Darling when he was only sixteen and when she had a preferred place in the Factory and the Factory hangout Max's Kansas City.

Newton approached James Raisin (who's made films about the Beats and written stuff about Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith and a screenplay for Abel Ferrara about Warhol) with piles of memorabilia about Candy and interview tapes he made right after her death with people who knew her. He also had archival film footage. Raisin has woven together all these records and his own recent interviews with some germane and often pungent talking heads, including Fran Lebowitz, Glenn O'Brien, Taylor Mead, Bob Colacello, John Waters, Gerald Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Holly Woodlawn, Pat Hackett, George Abagnalo, and Sam Green, among others, to make Beautiful Darling an excellent record of the person and the context and another valid entry in the collection of cinematic Warholobilia. There is lots of good and appropriate music, and for readings of letters and statements, Chloe Sevigny does the voice of Candy Darling.

She was originally Jimmy or James Slattery, and as we're told in Lou Reed's famous song "Walk on the Wild Side," which describes the "chick with dicks" Andy used and threw away, "Candy came from out on the Island," Long Island, that is, from a flat monotonous development in Forest Hills.

Candy came from out on the Island/In the backroom she was everybody's darlin'/But she never lost her head/Even when she was giving head/She says, Hey babe/Take a walk on the wild side/I Said, Hey baby/Take a walk on the wild side/And the coloured girls go/Doo do doo do doo do do doo...' While Edie Sedgwick was born a real girl, Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, and Jackie Curtis were among the various trannies who gathered at the Factory. 'Take a walk on the wild side' was a come-on to prospective johns, meaning, Have sex with a transvestite prostitute. But what we learn from Beautiful Darling is that the Warhol Factory girls weren't all alike.

No one worked harder at being a girl than Candy, but not just at being a girl -- at being glamorous and beautiful, inspired by memories of Forties screen divas seen in TV movies and dreams of Hollywood fame. She didn't always necessarily say much, except when performing somebody's lines, always in that special breathy feminine voice of the drag queen (or Marilyn). She was in Warhol's Flesh and Women in Revolt. Candy used her Warhol film fame to land other screen appearances, and Tennessee Williams, who was among her admirers, cast her in his play, Small Craft Warnings. (Warhol, in one of the clips, says he was making movies because it was easier than painting.) It was not only hard work but dangerous work. Back in the Sixties it was illegal in New York for a man to be on the street dressed as a woman. They could be hauled off by the cops just for wearing heavy mascara, so the trannies carried their dresses in shopping bags and slipped their gear on slowly till night came, and it was safer. (Agosto Machado tells us about this.) Beautiful Darling shows us hints of Candy's Jimmy Slattery origins, including a still of the then boy of 14 or so stretched on a chaise longue in shorts, showing long, sleek ivory gams. It's strange to see Jeremiah, who like not a few of the former Warhol beauties, is a big limping blob of a person now, as a wraith-like androgynous beauty himself, when with Candy. But in a self-penned obit, Candy mentions poor Jeremiah way down in her list of people she loved and owed it all to.

John Waters is always a sharp voice, but Fran Lebowitz, is the treasure here. Not just she but Andy himself says Candy should not lose the penis. She just wouldn't be the same. Apparently she and Newton were not a couple and she had no man in her life. The film ends with the line that to be true to yourself is the greatest morality. But as Lebowitz points out, a transsexual who becomes female never had a girlhood. And so Candy, though wonderfully successful at being a glamorous mirage, found it terribly hard work. Fran points out real women don't work so hard all the time. And so it is artificial, and exhausting, and Candy was ready to die of cancer. When the tumor was found, it ushered in one of her greatest roles, that of a tragic early death.

Beautiful Darling had its world premiere at the Berlinale in February 2010, showed at the BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in London in March, and will be presented as part of the New Directors/New Films series of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, April 2, 2010 at MoMA and April 3 at the Walter Reade Theater.

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