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      Paul Morrissey

      Paul Morrissey

      Highest Rated: 100% Heat (1972)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 23, 1938

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Often overlooked as an independent filmmaker because of his association with Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey was instrumental in enhancing the celebrity of that pop icon, while his own fame fell victim to the success of his myth-making. The Fordham University graduate had made several short films prior to meeting Warhol who remarked, "Your films are great. They are in focus! Why not come help me make a movie?" Warhol had already made the epically monotonous "Empire" (1964), in which the camera stares at the Empire State Building for eight hours, among his experiments in the inane. Morrissey brought camera movement and editing to the Warhol pictures, as well as the camp, satire and 'social realism' that made the films appeal to a wider circle. Though Warhol liked to operate the camera, he withdrew from the filmmaking process after Valerie Solanas shot him on June 3, 1968, leaving the field wide open for Morrissey to enjoy unprecedented freedom as a director, though Warhol's "brand name" continued to "present" the product. He has described the shooting in interviews as "an ill wind that blew somebody some good."

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      No Score Yet No Score Yet News From Nowhere Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 2010
      No Score Yet 28% Don't Worry About Me Executive Producer - 2009
      50% 59% Spike of Bensonhurst Director,
      Screenwriter
      $287.0K 1988
      No Score Yet 64% Mixed Blood Director - 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beethoven's Nephew Director $7.8K 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forty Deuce Director - 1982
      0% 41% The Hound of the Baskervilles Director - 1978
      67% 61% Blood for Dracula Director - 1974
      88% 56% Andy Warhol's Frankenstein Director,
      Screenwriter
      - 1973
      100% 62% Heat Director,
      Writer,
      Cinematographer
      - 1972
      No Score Yet 59% Women in Revolt Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Executive Producer,
      Film Editing
      - 1971
      80% 72% Andy Warhol's Trash Director $5.2K 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Movie Executive Producer - 1969
      67% 51% Flesh Director,
      Writer
      - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Ondine Director - 1968
      No Score Yet 45% Lonesome Cowboys Producer,
      Cinematographer,
      Film Editing
      - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet San Diego Surf Director - 1968
      No Score Yet 60% I, a Man Director - 1967