Steven Hyden recalls Todd Haynes “debut”: Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story
“The Doors” works because it plays, for better or worse, like a Doors song. Todd Haynes’s Velvet Goldmine has a similar quality vis-à-vis David Bowie, though Haynes’s Bob Dylan movie, I’m Not There, failed to do this. Bob Dylan’s own batshit Dylan movie, Masked and Anonymous, is better in this regard. For more guidance, see modest proposal no. 2. In terms of a biopic that uses fakeness to get to the heart of a music icon’s reality, Haynes’s first and greatest pop-music film, 1987’s unsettling and illegal4 43-minute art-museum piece Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, is the gold standard.