Janis Joplin, Chan Marshall, Pink, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Weir, Juliette Lewis, Dick Cavett, D.A. Pennebaker, Michael Joplin, Laura Joplin
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Janis Joplin is one of the most revered and iconic of all rock & roll singers, a tragic and misunderstood figure who thrilled millions of listeners and blazed new creative trails before her death in 1970 at age 27. With “Janis: Little Girl Blue,” Oscar-nominated director Amy J. Berg (“Deliver Us from Evil,” “West of Memphis”) examines Joplin’s story in depth, presenting an intimate, insightful portrait of a complicated, driven, often beleaguered artist.
Joplin’s own words tell much of the film’s story through a series of letters she wrote home over the years, many made public here for the first time (and read by Southern-born indie rock star/actor Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power). Joplin was a powerhouse when she sang, and her recordings have never left the radio or the hearts of rock fans. Berg’s “Janis: Little Girl Blue” offers new understanding of a bright, complex woman whose meteoric rise and sudden demise changed music forever and continues to influence female musicians.
"Janis: Little Girl Blue," written and directed by Amy J. Berg and produced by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (“Going Clear,” “Taxi to the Dark Side”), features exclusive interviews with musicians Pink, Kris Kristofferson, Melissa Etheridge, Bob Weir, Juliette Lewis, famed TV presenter Dick Cavett, counterculture filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker and the Joplin family.
This Special Director's Edition DVD comes packed with over 30 minutes of bonus features, including extended interviews with family, friends, musicians that Janis inspired, a musical performance by The Big Brother Guys and an exclusive look into the Walk of Fame Ceremony for Janis. English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired included.
“FIVE STARS! ELECTRIC, INTIMATE AND HEARTBREAKING!” – BBC
“ENTHRALLING!” – New York Times
“FIERCELY BRILLIANT!” – Variety
“MIND-BLOWING!” – ScreenDaily
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Although I was "on the scene" during the heyday of the SF Music scene and was very familiar with Janis and Big Brother, I wasn't aware of the challenges she grew up with (being viewed as the "odd" outsider) and how these challenges affected her throughout her life. Viewing this film provided a much more intimate view of what she was dealing with on a personal level. The film left me sad (for how people can be cruel and how it affected her) but with a better understanding of what led to her death. The film also reinforced my memories of what a great entertainer she was, one who put everything into the show.
Janis Joplin was a tortured soul according to this doc. She felt she didn't belong in Texas because she was different than many young people her age at the time (1960's). Some classmates were very mean in what they said about her. I never knew she went through so much angst in her lifetime The movie depicted her life as having many ups and downs. Her highs were really high, and her lows were really low!. Altogether, the movie made me feel sad for her. However, I still enjoyed and appreciated how the movie included never before seen pictures and film of Janis doing what she loved the most - singing her heart out! Bravo!
What a wonderful documentary about Janis Joplin.
Although most everything in this documentary was not unknown to me...I'm a huge fan and was introduced to her music literally at birth thanks to my Mother, this was such a fantastic film that I'm glad I purchased it. If you're a fan as well then I'd highly recommend at least renting this and giving it a watch.
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