Skip to main content

Multiple Barbie

USA, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Captured - Ways of Being)

Director: Joe Gibbons

Joe Gibbons, as a whacked-out therapist, attempts to integrate the various personalities of that much loved and reviled doll in this Pixelvison psychodrama. Barbie is positioned under the examining lens, inflated to human scale. Gibbons' performance, like his previous collaboration with Emily Breer on the hilarious The Phony Trilogy (1997), uses a direct comic sensibility to expose the hopes and inadequacies of consumerist health practice. Hack prescription drug salesman, he reminds Barbie that therapy is free while the camera is switched on. A wicked counterpoint to Todd Haynes' Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987).

See also...

Nocturne

The final installment of Peggy Ahwesh's loose trilogy on sexuality and violence (The Deadman [1990], The Colour of Love [1994]). Pilfering plot elements from Mario Bava's What! (1963), and ... More »

One With Everything

Described by Daniel Reeves as "an iconoclastic and manic romp through the dream fields of spiritual materi­alism", One Wilh Everything attempts to lay to rest several perennially unanswered ... More »

Actions in Action

Junk culture Laurel and Hardy team the Halflifers hit the screen running in this suburban Sci-Fi. Surviving in a perpetual state of fast forward, unleashing a never-end­ing babble of fast speak ... More »

I am Crazy and You're Not Wrong

Anne McGuire exposes the media mannerisms of the Kennedy era through a desperate and nostalgic cabaret act in l am Crazy and You're Not Wrong. Her off-key per­formance is brilliantly nuanced, her ... More »

DUTCH HARBOUR: WHERE THE SEA BREAKS ITS BACK

An impossibly poetic, moving and memorable film capturing the story of an isolated Aleutian Island port in deeply grained black and white. Simple in structure yet wonderfully evocative, warm in spite ... More »

Millennium Bug

Millennium Bug explores satirical definitions for a decayed millennium. Words such as "jork" are defined as "any variety of genetically tailored meat product" and the accompanying vision shows a ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director