Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Highest Rated: 100% Heat (1972)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Chelsea Girls (1967)

Birthday: Aug 06, 1928

Birthplace: Forest City, Pennsylvania, USA

Pioneer of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s who transplanted his sometimes witty, sometimes boring explorations of popular culture from the canvas to the screen. Warhol acquired a 16mm camera in 1963 and made his first "underground" film, "Kiss," the same year. It combined the deliberately nonprofessional techniques endorsed by the American avant-garde with Warhol's own camp sensibility and the ironic banality of his "serial" artwork. Warhol's film work falls into a silent and a sound phase, the first of which reached its apex in "Sleep" (1964), a six-hour study of a slumbering man conveyed via a virtually stationary camera. Glacially indifferent to the question of viewer involvement, "Sleep" is not so much "watched" as it is "experienced." Warhol was prolific in his idiosyncratic, voyeuristic brand of "cinema verite," churning out product at an assembly-line clip of roughly one film a week during the period 1964-65. He trained his camera on the motley band of freaks, musicians and social register slummers that trooped through his Felliniesque "Factory." In an ironic inversion of the Hollywood studio system, Warhol elevated the more prominent "players" into underground "superstars": the beautiful, tragic Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro, Holly Woodlawn, Jackie Curtis, et al. Although all of Warhol's films were governed by his peculiar sensibility, he assembled a nucleus of capable technicians, such as Paul Morrissey and Chuck Wein, who made various--uncredited--contributions, often in the master's absence. Warhol entered his "sound phase" with "Harlot" (1965) and continued to crank out such influential films as "Vinyl" (1965), based upon Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange," which launched the tragic career and cruel exploitation of socialite/superstar Edie Sedgwick. In 1966 he produced his most enduring and definitive work, "The Chelsea Girls," a crazed showcase of Factory stalwarts which synthesized the enthusiasms and strategies encompassed by his previous work. The film was projected on two adjacent screens, each of which depicted unrelated situations. Its relative popularity ("The Chelsea Girls" was the first Warhol film to surface in "real" movie houses), inspired a more commercial, or at least less arcane, approach to filmmaking. While such post-Chelsea Girls films as "Lonesome Cowboys" (1969) continued to use typically Warholian alienation effects (extreme long takes, "strobe" cuts, etc.), they also relied on previously disdained qualities such as plot and characterization. By the time the Factory closed, after an attempt on Warhol's life in June of 1968, Morrissey had inserted his more formal concerns into the Warhol formula, producing a series of bizarre sex farces that proved more accessible to a popular audience (although they gradually reverted into self-parody). By the mid-1970s, Morrissey was turning out Gothic romps affixed with Warhol's brand name, although they were only vaguely indebted to the Factory style. Though he had effectively closed the filmmaking chapter of his career after the release of "Andy Warhol's Bad" (dir. Jed Johnson, 1977), Warhol continued to satisfy his voyeuristic appetites with a Polaroid camera that he toted on his late-night revels until his untimely death in 1987.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 83% Velvet Underground: Under Review Unknown (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 73% Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cocaine Cowboys Himself (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 27% Blank Generation Himself (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 50% The Driver's Seat English Lord (Character) - 1974
50% 54% CS Blues (Cocksucker Blues) Unknown (Character) - 1972
100% 62% Heat Producer - 1972
No Score Yet 59% Women in Revolt Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet End of the Art World Unknown (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 63% Dynamite Chicken Himself (Character) - 1971
92% 72% Andy Warhol's Trash Producer $5.2K 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Imitation of Christ Director,
Producer
- 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Movie Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Ondine Director - 1968
96% 62% The Queen Himself (Character) $47.5K 1968
67% 51% Flesh Producer - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet San Diego Surf Director,
Producer
- 1968
No Score Yet 45% Lonesome Cowboys Director - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tiger Morse Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bike Boy Director - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I, a Man Director - 1967
50% 73% The Chelsea Girls Director,
Producer,
Writer
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Nude Restaurant Director,
Writer
- 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Illiac Passion Poseidon (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hedy Director,
Writer,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet More Milk, Yvette Director,
Producer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Closet Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lupe Director - 1966
No Score Yet 81% The Velvet Underground & Nico Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ari & Mario Director - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Girl Unknown (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Horse Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Camp Director,
Producer
- 1965
No Score Yet 83% Kitchen Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taylor Mead's Ass Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paul Swan and Hedy Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Director - 1965
No Score Yet 46% Vinyl Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Juanita Castro Director,
Producer
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Afternoon Director - 1965
No Score Yet 57% Poor Little Rich Girl Director - 1965
No Score Yet 73% My Hustler Director,
Producer,
Cinematographer
- 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harlot Director - 1965
No Score Yet 67% Screen Test 1 Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Test 2 Director - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan and Jane Regained ... Sort Of Unknown (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Couch Director,
Producer
- 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Drunk Director - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Batman Dracula Director,
Producer
- 1964
No Score Yet 38% Empire Director,
Producer
- 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eat Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Normal Love Unknown (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss Director - 1963
No Score Yet 31% Blow Job Director - 1963
No Score Yet 40% Sleep Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Andy Warhol: Life and Death Unknown (Character) - 0

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Merv Griffin Show Guest 1965

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