Janis: Little Girl Blue
Musician Cat Power narrates this acclaimed documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star, using unseen archive and previously unshared personal letters.
Film clip: A changing world
Q&A: DOC NYC
Film clip: Dear family
Her music became the comprehensive expression of humanity through rock and roll
Maker's Statement: Director Amy Berg
Film clip: Going to Austin
From this pastiche Joplin emerges as we've never seen her before, articulate, ambitious, torn between her wild self and her desperate need ...
Review: Los Angeles Times
Film clip: In New York
She seemed to occupy a space of liminality, the between of ‘letting go of the self’ and ‘losing oneself’
Article: Andrea Byrne
Joplin was breaking boundaries but she was doing it in a man’s world
Interview: The Guardian
Stills: Janis in Brazil
I didn't want to exploit her; I didn't want to highlight every little indiscretion
Interview: Hollywood Reporter roundtable
Stills: Janis on Tour
I realised early on that her legacy in my mind was wrong, and so I wanted to get it right
Interview: Interview Magazine
(Director) Amy Berg brings an intimate voice to her absorbing documentary portrait of late blues-rock goddess Janis Joplin
...tells the legendary singer's story with vitality and heart
The Hollywood Reporter
Amy Berg's deeply sympathetic documentary on Janis Joplin...gets so much right, it feels like a major act of cultural excavation
...Joplin emerges as we've never seen her before: articulate, ambitious, torn between her wild self and her desperate need for stability
Los Angeles Times
Amy Berg has perfectly captured the true essence of Janis Joplin
The film sustains a double vision of both the child and the hard-living folk-blues mama Joplin became
New York Times
...brilliantly conveys the exuberant love for life and sense of fun that emanated from every pore of this snub-nosed singer
Smoothly told, with the sweetly vulnerable Joplin letters adding an additional layer of pathos, it's a sad story that leaves us wondering what might have been...
Janis Joplin, rock’s original reckless diva, is still thrilling and tragic in Little Girl Blue
Berg does an excellent job of capturing the era and times in which Joplin lived, and more critically, how she clashed against them
Berg crafts a much deeper look into the woman behind the myth and the result is unexpected
Consequence of Sound
Amy Berg grounds us so effectively in Joplin's emotional realm as to partially rekindle the social transcendence that her voice must have represented for its owner
Amy Berg yet again delivers another highly comprehensive exposé, this time vindicating the triumphant and tragic life of the iconic “Queen of Psychedelic Soul”
Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Short Film Festival
London Film Festival
Bath Film Festival
Doc NYC Film Festival
|Genres||Documentary, Feature, Music|
|Cast||Janis Joplin, Cat Power|
|Producer||Alex Gibney, Katherine LeBlond, Jeff Jampol|
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