Beautiful Darling
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Born in a Long Island suburb in 1944, James Slattery immediately felt drawn to the feminine side of life -- to such a degree that he established himself as one of the most iconic of all female impersonators, Candy Darling. As given life by Slattery, this young, sexy, and alluring blonde actress single-handedly overtook Manhattan. She attained her greatest recognition for her portrayals in two Paul Morrissey-directed films: Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), both produced by Andy Warhol. Mainstream stardom soon beckoned to Darling, but aside from bit appearances in such productions as… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Darling's fragility was no secret, which gives even the movie's comical moments an underlying poignancy."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"A fairly besotted look, produced under the guidance of a longtime friend."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Eventually, everybody who ever spent five minutes with Andy Warhol will have a film made about them"
‑ Chris Barsanti, Filmcritic.com
"Perhaps it's time we acknowledged that, despite their outrť appetites, Warhol's superstars may have been legitimately boring people."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
""Beautiful Darling" is sympathetic and critical, a sobering reminder in this fame-grabbing age of a time when gender politics, art and artifice could make for a turbulent identity cocktail."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
""Beautiful Darling" makes extensive use of photos, sketches and Darling's diaries belonging to Jeremiah Newton, a gay pal she lived with on and off until her death from cancer in 1974."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A discomforting look at a transsexual actress's difficult life and isolating pursuit of fame."
‑ Liz Pelly, Boston Phoenix
"Like fellow Factory figures Edie Sedgwick and Jackie Curtis, Darling now gets her own documentary, and proves a more than worthy subject."
‑ Loren King, Boston Globe
"A sad, lyrical reflection on the foolish worship of movie stars."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"This riveting documentary about one of the legendary triumphant gender illusionists is also a compelling portrait of an endlessly fascinating era."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
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