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Stardom

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French Canadian director Denys Arcand pushes the boundaries of the mockumentary with Stardom, the tale of a fictional neophyte supermodel Jessica Pare told entirely through clips of her appearances on talk shows, television interviews, and documentaries. Originally titled 15 Moments, Stardom begins its portrait at a women's hockey game in the nether regions of Ontario, Canada. When the team's formidable teenage forward Tina Pare pulls her helmet off, letting her brunette tresses fly, a bystander snaps a photo, ...
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Overview

French Canadian director Denys Arcand pushes the boundaries of the mockumentary with Stardom, the tale of a fictional neophyte supermodel Jessica Pare told entirely through clips of her appearances on talk shows, television interviews, and documentaries. Originally titled 15 Moments, Stardom begins its portrait at a women's hockey game in the nether regions of Ontario, Canada. When the team's formidable teenage forward Tina Pare pulls her helmet off, letting her brunette tresses fly, a bystander snaps a photo, and Tina soon becomes the buzz at the country's hottest fashion houses. Her rise through the industry, however, is plagued by advances from older men with sundry motives: a smitten French photographer Charles Berling, a smarmy entrepreneur Dan Aykroyd, the Canadian Ambassador to the U.N. Frank Langella, and a slick promoter Thomas Gibson, the latter half of TV's Dharma and Greg. Stardom was the closing film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time in over 50 years that a Canadian production was chosen for such an honor; it would go on to open the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival before its theatrical premiere.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
More restrained, yet more caustic than the popular mockumentaries of Christopher Guest, the innovative Stardom risks flying over unsuspecting audiences' heads with its dry humor and barbed media criticism. Yet for all its vitriol and comic restraint, the film still manages to entertain and provoke. By co-opting the formal elements of infotainment, renegade writer/director Denys Arcand and cinematographer Guy Dufaux give their film an immediately recognizable visual rhythm; from gaudy talk-show debacles to steadicam sequences that recall the most annoying moments on MTV's The Real World and House of Style, Stardom's disparate formats all seem instantly familiar. How many celebrities' lives have we seen played out in just these sorts of tacky forums? As the time line accelerates and nouveau supermodel Tina Menzhal moves inexorably from obscurity to the A-list to pop culture's trash heap, the film achieves a sort of temporal poetry. Like a Behind the Music episode without the intrusive voice-over, Stardom dissects the cycle of celebrity build-up and decay with perfect acuity. The inverse of the loquacious hit man protagonist from the similarly themed Man Bites Dog, Tina is at once hopelessly omnipresent and utterly inarticulate -- a human being glorified in image but reduced to mute ubiquity. And because she's not a real celebrity, burdened with meaning, we're free to empathize with the indignity of it all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • UPC: 031398847038
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Vidmark / Trimark
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Paré Tina Menzhal
Dan Aykroyd Barry Levine
Charles Berling Philippe Gascon
Thomas Gibson Renny Ohayon
Frank Langella Blaine de Castillon
Robert Lepage Bruce Taylor
Patrick Huard Talkshow Host
Technical Credits
Denys Arcand Director, Screenwriter
Charles Bertrand Asst. Director
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Philippe Carcassonne Co-producer
Michel Chauvin Production Manager
Isabelle Dedieu Editor
Francois Dompierre Score Composer
Guy Dufaux Cinematographer
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Lantos Producer
Jean Morin Art Director
Jacob Potashnik Screenwriter
Marcel Pothier Sound/Sound Designer
Cecile Rigault Makeup
Denise Robert Producer
Michel Robidas Costumes/Costume Designer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
Zoe Sakellaropoulo Art Director, Production Designer
Noah Vivekanand Timan Sound/Sound Designer
Micheline Trepanier Makeup
Nathalie Trepanier Makeup
Daniel J. Webb Asst. Director
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