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Janis: Little Girl Blue (DVD)
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Package Dimensions : 19 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 85 Grams
- Director : Amy Berg
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 1 hour and 39 minutes
- Release date : 12 April 2017
- Actors : Cat Power (Narrator), Michael Joplin, Laura Joplin, Janis Joplin
- Dubbed: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : UniversalSony
- ASIN : B075K4LDMR
- Number of discs : 1
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Amy Berg directs this documentary about American singer-songwriter Janis Joplin. The film chronicles the life of the influential artist from her conservative, Texan upbringing to her breakthrough in the 1960s music scene. Following her decision to pursue a music career full-time, Joplin joined the blues rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company and shortly after embarked upon her own highly successful and influential solo career, which she continued until her untimely death at the age of 27 in 1970. The film also shines a light on the artist's private life as fellow musician Cat Power narrates a selection of letters written by Joplin to her friends and family.
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The film is carried along by archive footage (including some great performances), others recounting their experiences with Janis, and mostly by 'Janis' reading out the letters she so often sent. The voice of Janis is provided by Cat Power and I think she does a brilliant job - it didn't ever feel like someone else reading out the letters and this works so well in the film to keep you attached as though you're going on a journey with Janis, rather than just hearing facts about her life. And because they are her actual words telling the story it provides a much greater connection to it all. It makes it so much more personal and the letters reveal a lot about Janis' state of mind at various points and give an insight into her emotions and who she was behind the music, all, pinned against various experiences she was having at the time, such as her successes, her failures, various relationships, being in love, being rejected. It shows us that behind the tough care-free persona she often projected that actually she was very delicate and fragile in some respects and in essence just wanted to be loved. I think this will have good re-watch value too and if you're a fan of her music I think you'll really enjoy this.
Janis Joplin was one of a kind; outstandingly talented, though she didn't really acknowledge it.
This is a must see for anyone who loves and appreciated what we once had and took for granted, and the price that artists like Janis Joplin paid in order to leave such a legacy.
I challenge anybody to not be moved and even shed a tear by the end of this.
The film tells it as it was. Janis was and remains phenomenal. There was and is nobody like her. Amazing concert performances, songs and interviews. The CD soundtrack is also essential. Five stars are insufficient.