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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Credit
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 62% 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% 40% The Hound of the Baskervilles Director - 1978
69% 62% Blood for Dracula Director - 1974
86% 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 Editor
- 1971
92% 72% Andy Warhol's Trash Director $5.2K 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Movie Executive Producer - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Loves of Ondine Director - 1968
67% 51% Flesh Director,
Writer
- 1968
No Score Yet 45% Lonesome Cowboys Producer,
Cinematographer,
Film Editor
- 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet San Diego Surf Director - 1968
No Score Yet 60% I, a Man Director - 1967