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Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Collectors’ Edition) (review)

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Collectors’ Edition) (review) Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Collectors' Edition). [1998] 2007. By Susan Stern. 102 min., plus special features. DVD format, color. (El Rio Productions, LLC. San Francisco, California.) Jacqueline Fulmer University of California, Berkeley Near the middle of Barbie Nation, the camera sweeps through a "Barbie festival" sales room. This shot powerfully illustrates the mixture of whimsy, giddiness, and raw hunger that distinguishes these passionate doll collectors and thereby reveals why Susan Stern chose to name her subjects a "nation." The film focuses on the history of the Barbie doll and a range of individual Barbie enthusiasts, though less attention is paid to their "nation" as a whole. The film was originally released in 1998, and the "Collectors' Edition," which appeared in 2007, contains additional short films that will make this disc more interesting to folklorists. This new edition adds more content and allows viewers to witness what will perhaps be of greatest value-- unstaged scenes of children actually playing with their dolls and with each other, as well as scenes of adult fans, their dolls, and their interactions. In addition to the sales room, festival, and playroom scenes, which seem much too short, the film offers interviews and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American Folklore American Folklore Society

Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Collectors’ Edition) (review)

Journal of American Folklore , Volume 123 (487) – Jan 31, 2009

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Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Collectors' Edition). [1998] 2007. By Susan Stern. 102 min., plus special features. DVD format, color. (El Rio Productions, LLC. San Francisco, California.) Jacqueline Fulmer University of California, Berkeley Near the middle of Barbie Nation, the camera sweeps through a "Barbie festival" sales room. This shot powerfully illustrates the mixture of whimsy, giddiness, and raw hunger that distinguishes these passionate doll collectors and thereby reveals why Susan Stern chose to name her subjects a "nation." The film focuses on the history of the Barbie doll and a range of individual Barbie enthusiasts, though less attention is paid to their "nation" as a whole. The film was originally released in 1998, and the "Collectors' Edition," which appeared in 2007, contains additional short films that will make this disc more interesting to folklorists. This new edition adds more content and allows viewers to witness what will perhaps be of greatest value-- unstaged scenes of children actually playing with their dolls and with each other, as well as scenes of adult fans, their dolls, and their interactions. In addition to the sales room, festival, and playroom scenes, which seem much too short, the film offers interviews and

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Published: Jan 31, 2009

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