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Janis: Little Girl Blue

An affectionate portrait of the soul singer who died at too young an age, featuring stunning archival footage.

Janis: Little Girl Blue

Director Amy Berg
Producers Amy Berg, Alex Gibney, Jeff Jampol, Katherine LeBlond
Screenwriter Amy Berg
With Janis Joplin, Chan Marshall
USA 2015
106 mins
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Like Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin was a skinny white girl with a big soulful voice and a deeply felt connection to music rooted in African American culture. Both also famously struggled with addiction and died tragically at 27, just as they were hitting their peaks. Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg (West of Memphis) draws extensively on stunning archive footage, contemporary interviews and a wide range of the singer’s own personal correspondences. What emerges is a portrait of a hugely witty and talented free spirit who rebelled against her own youth in a town populated by bigotry, where she was targeted for her boyish looks and for being pro-integration. Janis tore down barriers for women just by doing what she wanted, whether openly dating black and white women and men, or leading a rock band with a voice that could take a little piece of anyone’s heart. Before Amy, before Kathleen, before Chrissie and Patti… there was Janis.

Tricia Tuttle

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