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I, Doll
The Unauthorized Biography of America's 11 1/2" Sweetheart
A film by Tula Asselanis
1996, 57 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W99492
There are more Barbie Dolls* in the U.S. than human beings. Barbie was fashioned after a German prostitute doll named "Lilli." These are just two of the many Barbie facts revealed in this hilarious documentary on the Barbie phenomenon. Interviews with adoring fans as well as culturally diverse critics of Barbie's unrealistic body image for women, express feelings, both pro and con, about the 6-ounces of plastic that became a national icon.

*This documentary is in no way affiliated with Mattel, Inc. of which Barbie is a trademarked copyright.


  • Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2nd Place, Documentary
  • Big Muddy Film Festival
  • Northwest Film Festival
  • Chicago Filmmakers

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    "...[A] revelatory new documentary... Paralleling the history of Barbie with cultural events of of the past half century, I, Doll is as humorous as it is comprehensive."
    Northwest Film Festival Program
    Portland Art Museum

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