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Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)

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Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

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Amy Berg (as Amy J. Berg)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janis Joplin ... Herself (archive footage)
Cat Power ... Janis Joplin (voice) (as Chan Marshall)
Karleen Bennett Karleen Bennett ... Herself - Janis Joplin's Childhood Friend
Laura Joplin Laura Joplin ... Herself - Janis Joplin's Sister
Michael Joplin Michael Joplin ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Brother
J. Dave Moriaty J. Dave Moriaty ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Schoolfriend
Jack Smith Jack Smith ... Himself - Janis Joplin's Schoolfriend
Powell St. John ... Himself
Jae Whitaker ... Herself
Travis Rivers Travis Rivers ... Himself
Dave Getz Dave Getz ... Himself
Sam Andrew ... Himself
David Dalton David Dalton ... Himself - Founding Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine
Bob Weir ... Himself
Otis Redding ... Himself (archive footage)
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Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Port Arthur, Texas, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$24,024, 29 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$410,465, 22 May 2016
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.78 : 1
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GREAT Doc about a great singer who died too young on the verge of salvation
1 November 2015 | by Alex DeleonSee all my reviews

Viewed at 2015 Venice Film Festival., "Janis, Little Girl Blue" by Amy Berg, With Alex Gibney, himself an outstanding documentarian acting as producer, is a Great Doc about a great American singer, Janis Joplin, who died too young on the verge of salvation.

Interviews with parents, sister, brother, surviving members of The Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson, and most surprising, Dick Cavett (1970). In a year of many good documentaries, this was the best of all -- a marvelous reconstruction of a tragic young life. Janis sang the blues with such conviction and such black feeling that even afro-Americans though she was black -- She died on October 4, 1970 in a Hollywood motel of an accidental heroin overdose at age 27 -- only two weeks after another rock legend, Jimi Hendrix, also at age 27. The film traces her life from humble origins in the nondescript north Texas town of Port Arthur, constant humiliation by her schoolmates because of her extreme nonconformity and relatively plain looks, up through her rise to prominence as the lead singer of the acid/rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company --one of the leading San Francisco rock groups of the mid sixties -- reaching the pinnacle when recognized as the top white blues singer of the age, her difficulties dealing with fame, her loneliness in the midst of adoring crowds, her battle with drug addiction, and finally her tragic early death on the verge of even wider fame and general acceptance by the serious music world.

Needless to say, the film is liberally spiced with clips from her amazing stage appearances, which is an added enrichment, but this is far from a mere excuse to present her songs -- far more a penetrating probe into the life of an extremely complex personality ---a true artist who became the victim of her own profound talent. Myself more or less a product of the psychedelic sixties, I left the vast Venice theater thoroughly emotionally drained and realizing I had just witnessed a remarkable film about a most remarkable life. Alex, Budapest


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