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APRIL 2011

BEAUTIFUL DARLING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A documentary written and directed by James Rasin and featuring the voice of Chloe Sevigny as Candy Darling

More than anyone else, she embodied the spirit of the glittering, sexually liberated, zanily tragic, intensely mocked and applauded figures played on and off screen by the Warhol Factory superstars. It seemed as if she'd been on that scene forever, but the sad fact is that Candy Darling died a few months short of her 30th birthday in 1974.

Born in Forest Hills, Queens, James Lawrence Slattery, the boy who eventually called himself Candy, fervently dreamed of becoming a screen goddess and was crushed by Hollywood's decision not to cast him/her as the gender-switching heroine of Gore Vidal's "Myra Breckinridge." In truth, she would have made a perfect Marilyn Monroe.

In the end, we must settle for Candy's indelible performances in Andy Warhol's "Flesh" and "Women in Revolt." Except, thanks to filmmaker James Rasin, we now have "Beautiful Darling," a documentary that has created a stir at the Berlin Festival and New York's New Directors/ New Film series, sponsored by The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Society of Lincoln Center. I suggest you check it out. --Guy Flatley Opens 4/22