America the Beautiful

Overview

Looking at the cover of popular fashion magazines and examining the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve "perfection," it's easy to see why many people believe that America has developed an unhealthy obsession with beauty. In this documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts offers deeper insight into this observation by speaking with everyone from advertising and fashion professionals to average people on the street in an attempt to discover precisely why some people are willing to put their lives on...
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Overview

Looking at the cover of popular fashion magazines and examining the lengths that young girls will go to in order to achieve "perfection," it's easy to see why many people believe that America has developed an unhealthy obsession with beauty. In this documentary, filmmaker Darryl Roberts offers deeper insight into this observation by speaking with everyone from advertising and fashion professionals to average people on the street in an attempt to discover precisely why some people are willing to put their lives on the line in order to become physically attractive. Gerren Taylor was a lanky 12-year-old girl whose gangly appearance was once an endless source of amusement for her cruel classmates, but over the course of the next two years her most embarrassing features become her greatest assets as she strives to become one of America's next top supermodels. But what drives girls like young Gerrin to seek the attention and admiration of millions? By attempting to peer into the mindsets of such picturesque celebrities of Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson and picking the brains of some of the top magazine editors, plastic surgeons, and beauty experts in the country -- not to mention divulging the sometimes bizarre ingredients found in popular cosmetics -- Roberts does his best to find out just why we seem to value surface beauty over true substance.
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Special Features

Bonus featurettes: "Cosmetic Ingrediants are Mislabeled"; "Hope for Eating Disorder"; "Physiognomy with Stuart Ewen" and; "Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on Being Attractive" ; Study guide
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • UPC: 000799809723
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Xenon
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled
  • Time: 1:44:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,899

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Green Taylor Participant
Michelle Taylor Participant
Elizabeth Arden Participant
Chris Elder Participant
Jill Ishkanian Participant
Paris Hilton Participant
Eve Ensler Participant
Anthony Griffin Participant
Martin Short Participant
Anne Becker Participant
Technical Credits
Darryl Roberts Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Henry N.L. Anderson Executive Producer
Michael Beach Executive Producer
Michael Bearden Score Composer
Eric Bednarowicz Associate Producer
Kimberly Bennink Associate Producer, Co-producer
Michele G. Blumenthal Cinematographer, Producer
Jason Brousseau Co-producer
Dennis Damore Executive Producer
Patrick Donahue Sound/Sound Designer
Kurt Engfehr Editor, Producer
Stela Georgieva Editor, Producer
Cliff Lim Score Composer
Sherese Locke Co-producer
Bernardo Loyola Editor
Sam Martin Score Composer
Charles Miller Editor
Charles Miller Associate Producer
Sharon Newport Co-producer
Pedro Peraza Associate Producer, Editor
T. Woody Richman Editor
Denny Schauffler Score Composer
Nick Seeley Score Composer
Brian Singbiel Editor
Terence Wright Cinematographer, Executive Producer
Jason Zaffary Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- America the Beautiful
1. Elizabeth Arden [3:36]
2. Gerren Model on Rooftop [4:32]
3. Kids and Images [3:46]
4. Wall of Porn [2:09]
5. Magazine Editors [6:12]
6. Is the Media Responsible [1:31]
7. Fiji [2:52]
8. LA Fashion Week [6:47]
9. Beautiful People.Net [5:26]
10. New York Fashion Week [5:04]
11. Plastic Surgery [12:36]
12. Love Your Tree [2:33]
13. Skin Lightening [5:13]
14. The Behavior Contract [3:50]
15. Bra Scene [2:23]
16. Fired From Harrah's [3:09]
17. Phthalaters in Cosmetics [11:25]
18. Gerren Goes to London [2:25]
19. Eating Disorders [6:36]
20. "Am I Fat?" [2:48]
21. "They Called Me Obese" [1:32]
22. "I Think I'm Ugly" [3:44]
23. Dena Cabrera/End Credits [3:24]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- America the Beautiful
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      English Subtitles
      Spanish Subtitles
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   Special Features
      Cosmetic Ingredients Are Mislabeled
      Hope For Eating Disorders
      Physiognomy With Stuart Ewan
      Boris Kodjoe and Reggie Theus on Being Attractive
      Remuda Ranch Study Guide
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