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Watch the Controversial Short Film That Launched Todd Haynes’ Career

One of Carol director Todd Haynes’ earliest work is also one of his most controversial. “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story” tells the tragic tale of the beloved singer with Barbie dolls. The melodramatic short film was eventually banned and taken out of circulation, but degraded VHS copies still remain (and therefore so does a YouTube version).

Watch below and read more about the film’s fascinating history here on Short of the Week.