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      Died Young Stayed Pretty

      2008 1h 35m Documentary List
      63% Tomatometer 30 Reviews 31% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The creative spirit drives indie artists to create poster art, that is both vulgar as well as beautiful. Read More Read Less

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      It's a little scattershot, but Died Young, Stayed Pretty offers an entertaining, visually appealing look at the indie-rock poster art subculture.

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      Nick Pinkerton Village Voice Whenever the quaint, binary idea of a scrappy counterculture vs. The Man overshadows the personalities, craft, and musical context, the movie's an Adbusters bore. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Dennis Harvey Variety Eileen Yaghoobian's documentary presents a lot of good art and entertaining personalities in a package that's diverting on a moment-to-moment basis, but lacks any organizing principal or precise point to make the whole cohere. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Mark Fagan Austin Chronicle Are these cultural artifacts or just more trash littering the light posts and bulletin boards of your city? That all depends on the eye of the beholder. Nov 30, 2009 Full Review John Griffin Montreal Gazette Eileen Yaghoobian's fabulous debut doc is an inclusive look at the renaissance of poster art in the wake of punk and the rebirth of a defiant counterculture. Rated: 4/5 May 24, 2013 Full Review Philip French Observer (UK) This is a mildly interesting documentary that takes at face value the claims made for their art by the naive nihilists who design jagged, violent and often obscene posters for local rock groups across North America. May 24, 2013 Full Review Chris Faraone Boston Phoenix Concentrated in such alterna-scenes as Boston, Austin, and Seattle, this repulsive bunch [of poster artists] exude more counter-culture geek clichs than Comic Book Guy. Rated: 2/4 Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Some of the poster artists in this documentary have been heros of mine since I was 16, yet I knew virtually nothing about them. So grateful that this film uncovers the talents behind the work that brings music, art, and pop culture together. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I love this movie. If you'd like to make a journey into perhaps the last living underground subculture in the US, this is the film for you. Full of art, character and unexpected revelations. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Audience Member The documentary weaves an enchanting story filled with intriguing characters. We are exposed to a unique behind-the-scenes view of this magical world, from the creators to the creations, and everything in between. Amazing artwork and a great soundtrack! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member It was great to see the artwork, but confusing, and hard to follow... Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Ok if you like watching a lot of disagreeable people talk about a lot of very good posters. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Even for something about such a small subculture, I hoped for more. Some of the posters looked cool, and some of the artists said some interesting things. Overall, though, it seemed pretty directionless; like they were just scrambling for anything to put in there. There was probably about 30 minutes of real information in the 95 minutes of film. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The creative spirit drives indie artists to create poster art, that is both vulgar as well as beautiful.
      Director
      Eileen Yaghoobian
      Producer
      Eileen Yaghoobian
      Screenwriter
      Eileen Yaghoobian
      Production Co
      Norotomo Productions
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 28, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 35m
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