Anna Nicole Smith Unveiling a Troubled Life
“Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me” is a newly released documentary on Netflix that explores the tumultuous life. Her tragic demise of the renowned ’90s model, actress, and tabloid sensation. The movie is part of a growing trend of true pictures of faded stars.
It’s like “Britney vs. Spears” and “Pamela, a Love Story,” that try to break down the public image of these stars. And show how badly they were treated when they were famous.
Directed by Ursula Macfarlane, the documentary attempts to present the real Anna Nicole Smith. Who born Vickie Lynn Hogan and raised in Texas. To do this, the movie shows nasty old news clips of her being called “ignorant” by The National Enquirer. Her weight being made fun of by Howard Stern.
B-roll video that looks like it came from a true crime show and conversations with Smith’s uncle, brother, former bodyguard, tabloid writers, reality TV producers, and reporters help tell the story.
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But the conversations don’t tell us much about Smith’s life that is really important. On the one hand, we hear that she loved being the center of attention and always craved it. On the other hand, we learn that she carefully shaped her public image to attract attention. Which helped her become a celebrity.
Still, even when she tried to get out of the press, she kept getting attention, which hurt her privacy and mental health in a big way.
Even though Macfarlane meant well, the film’s serious look at Smith’s life and sad death from a drug overdose at age 39 in 2007 falls into the very trap it wants to criticize: voyeurism.
The documentary can’t help but make big deals out of important parts of Smith’s life. Like the fight over her fortune, the question of who her daughter’s father was. And the heartbreaking death of her son.
Even though the movie tries to show these events in a sad way. It can’t get away from the fact that it’s about staring.
Anna Nicole Smith clearly earned better treatment than she got during her life, and this documentary doesn’t do a good job of showing her in a respectful way.
In conclusion, “Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me” offers a glimpse into the troubled life of a beloved figure in popular culture.
But even though the movie tries to show how badly celebrities are treated. It doesn’t do a good job of doing so.
Instead, it accidentally gives in to the appeal of drama and goes against its own goal. Both in real life and in this documentary, Anna Nicole Smith should have been treated better.