Janis: Little Girl Blue

Synopsis: Musician Cat Power narrates this documentary on Janis Joplin's evolution into a star from letters that Joplin wrote over the years to her friends, family, and collaborators.
Director(s): Amy Berg
Production: Disarming Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.4
Metacritic:
74
Rotten Tomatoes:
93%
TV-MA
Year:
2015
103 min
$410,465
11 Views

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I sing.

Why do you sing?

Well, because,

um, I get to experience

a lot of feelings.

It's really a lot of fun.

You get to feel

all kinds of things

that you could hardly find if

you went to parties all year

round and made it with

everyone you ever wanted to

because you get to feel things

that are in your imagination

and another end of truth.

That's why I like music

because it's created from

and as it's happening

creates feelings.

What could I feel if I

attended your concert tonight?

I'd like you

to feel like standing up

and jump up and down

in time with the music

and get sweaty and

just go with the music.

Just go with it.

Like, rock and

roll's very rhythmic.

That's what it's all about.

You know, it's 1,2, 3, 4.

Yeah, you thought you had

found yourself a good

girl, one who would love

you and give you the world.

Then you find, hun, that

you've been misused.

Look at me, honey.

I'll do what you choose.

I want you to, well,

tell Mama all about it.

Yeah, tell Mama.

What do you need?

Tell your Mama, babe.

What you want?

Tell your Mama, babe.

What do you need?

What do you want?

What do you need?

What do you want?

I'll make everything all right.

I'll tell ya.

When you get lonely... and I

figure everybody does, now,

because as a matter of

fact, everybody does... I'll

tell you what you need, baby.

When you get those strange

thoughts in your head,

you don't know where

they came from,

man, you've got those

strange little weirdness

that's happening to you.

You don't know what they are.

I'll tell you what you need.

You need a sweet-loving

mama, baby.

Hun, a sweet-talking

mama, babe, you

know, someone to listen to you,

someone to want you, someone

to hold you, someone to need

you, someone to use you,

someone to want you, someone

that needs you, someone

to hold you.

You need a mama, mama, mama,

babe, a mama, ma, ma, ma.

Yeah, mama, mama, mama, ma mama.

Tell Mama all about it.

Tell Mama all about it.

What do you need?

What do you want?

Anything I can do,

anything I can do,

I'll be your mama, babe,

yeah, your mama, babe,

oh, mama, babe, oh, mama, babe,

oh, mama, babe, oh, mama, babe.

I'll make everything all right.

Dear family, I managed

to pass my 27th birthday

without really feeling it.

Oh, it's such a funny game.

Two years ago, I didn't

even want to be it.

No, that's not true.

I've been looking around,

and I've noticed something.

After you reach a certain level

of talent... and quite a few

have that talent...

The deciding factor

is ambition or, as I see it,

how much you really need,

need to be loved and need

to be proud of yourself.

And I guess that's

what ambition is.

It's not all a depraved

quest for position or money.

Maybe it's for love,

lots of love, ha, Janice.

Port Arthur, to a lot of people,

it was a really good

town to grow up in.

I never thought so.

Janice never thought

so, and she couldn't

figure out how to make

herself like everybody else,

thank goodness.

Our parents,

I'm not exactly sure

how they actually

met, but they started

dating after Mother had gone

away to college and come back

and started working.

Daddy was a mechanical

engineer, but he

was able to get a job

because at that time,

so many people

were away fighting.

So he got a job at

Texaco, and he stayed

there his entire working life.

And he came home from work

one day and told mother,

let's do something

for posterity.

So that's Janis

being born in 1943.

So that's Janis

being born in 1943.

She joined the choir,

and they kicked her

out of the choir.

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