Susanne Bartsch: On Top (2018)

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SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP explores Susanne's life and impact through never-before-seen archival footage, verité cinematography, personal testimonials, and highly stylized imagery. From quiet moments at home to the creation of deliciously debaucherous spectacles, Susanne juggles family life with the overwhelming stress of being a one-woman industry. At an age when most of her peers have slowed down, Susanne moves forward more determined than ever.

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Not to be outdone by its star's larger-than-life persona, Susanne Bartsch: On Top is rich in personal archival footage and first-hand accounts.

Sep 7, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What "Susanne Bartsch: On Top" makes clear is that the art of being seen, as facilitated by Bartsch, can carry unexpectedly poignant depth.

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

... the Susanne Bartsch legacy endures just as brightly as it began.

Oct 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Auntie Mame once insisted that "life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death." That sentiment is echoed in a new documentary about a nonfictional Mame, Susanne Bartsch, who reigned in New York during the post-Warhol era.

Jun 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...iconic in ways that likely gets forgotten about without films like this one to thrust it in their face and remind them.

Oct 29, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Documentary profile of a New York nightlife legend introduces a fascinating, ultra-glamorous survivor but could have used a tad more clarity.

Sep 7, 2018 | Full Review…

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