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13 Most Beautiful... Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests [1964] [DVD] [2009] [NTSC]

Lou Reed , Dennis Hopper , Andy Warhol    Exempt   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Ingrid Superstar
  • Directors: Andy Warhol
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Plexi Film
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MG2YQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Between 1964 and 1966, Andy Warhol shot nearly 500 screen tests, beautiful and revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, from the famous to the anonymous, all visitors to his studio, The Factory. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong keylight, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in slow motion, resulting in a fascinating collection of four-minute masterpieces that startle and entrance, mesmerizing in the purest sense of the word. Special features include behind-the-scenes documentary on the live production of the 13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests performances, and a video interview with Dean & Britta about Andy Warhol, the music, and the project. The accompanying booklet includes biographies of the Screen Test subjects, liner notes from the Warhol Museum's Thomas Sokolowski, Geralyn Huxley, and Ben Harrison and notes on the music from Dean Wareham.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.. 16 Jun 2009
Ive given this 5 stars even though I dont dig the music...I would have much prefered the sound of a projector..this would have been the original music..nevermind,the films are truly beatiful..and of course YOU may love the music too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warhol's Picture perfect frames 10 Feb 2011
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It is sad when you think how many people have heard of these so called 'screen tests' and yet they have never had the opportunity to see them. Well, thanks to the Warhol foundation, and the beautiful work of Plexi Film, here are 13 of the 'screen tests'; presented in a crisp black and white photography, sharp sound and three alternative soundtracks (counting the 'silent' version as one, as it was how Warhol intended them to be viewed). Ultimately I appreciate that the price is not the warmest, nor is the runtime, which is exactly 60 mins; but the presentation of this DVD compensates for the rest, accompanied within a small booklet the DVD box stands out among many other titles. Furthermore, it comes across as a little children's book. The book itself summarises the Screen tests and provides insightful points to each person on screen. It's a must buy for anyone that is in search of something different, and all together still fresh even after 30 odd years.

My last remark would be that I can only hope that more is on the way, and that the quality is maintained to this high level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph! Fantastic! 3 April 2009
By M. Spano - Published on
Preordered this when it was first announced...being both a Warhol fan and a fan of anything Britta Phillips or Dean Wareham are involved in. The screen tests are breathtaking, backed by one of the most eclectic and satisfying soundtracks I could have imagined. The new studio versions of the Luna songs are fantastic, but of special note are the original compositions that Dean & Britta have come up with. If this is hinting at the direction of Dean & Britta's next album then I am EXTREMELY anticipating it. The covers are also of note, especially Velvet Underground's 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore'.

BTW, my favorite screen tests are Ann Buchanan and Freddy Herko. However, they all are excellent.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 29 Jun 2009
By lawgiver4feh - Published on
It's wonderful to have some of Warhol's screen tests available for the first time on DVD and the sound track by Dean & Britta on here makes this a perfect marriage of film and music. There's some breath taking stuff on here. While everything on here is noteworthy, particularly haunting is Eddie Sedgwick's screen test with the beautiful and sad "It Don't Rain in Beverly Hills."

The DVD is beautifully packaged with an accompanying book filled with info on the composition of music and information about the screen test subjects, as well as general info on the whole project from the Warhol museum curators. Dean Wareham is particularly insightful and forthcoming on his essay of the process of recording the music and his fondness(?) of the Warhol era and its subjects.

Go see the performance live if you get the opportunity.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On! Incredible DVD! 21 July 2009
By Charles Johnson - Published on
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I agree with everyone who says this is a great work. It's a little clichèd to say Dean & Britta's soundtracks 'capture' the subjects - the music just plain fits. Now c'mon, Warhol Museum - give us more! more! More AW Screen Tests along with D&B! Yeah! (& while I'm at it - please please get Chelsea Girls out!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars More History than Art History 27 April 2011
By Steve King - Published on
I took a lot of Art History in School, but never appreciated Warhol. The American Experience Video changed my mind on him. And this Film reinforces just how much he reflected the moment and how he was leading the way forward for us all.

I first heard about the Movie Portraits in Songs for Drella, by Lou Reed and John Cale. And here they are! More powerful than I had ever imagined. The Music is perfect.

There is something haunting and beautiful about staring at these human faces... but because they are films, instead of still images, they also reveal glimpses into the personalities of the sitters as well, and that little glimpse makes all the difference.. for they reveal not only the other person, but also open up an image of oursevles.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Beautiful 19 Dec 2010
By Kellijean Press - Published on
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I recommend this video to any art lover or Warhol Fan. If you have a fascination for video art, photography, or even psychology and human behavior then you would have much to talk about while watching this film.
Also makes a great background video at cocktail parties.
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