- Actors: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Martha Plimpton, Stephen Dorff, Danny Morgenstern
- Directors: Mary Harron
- Producers: Tom Kalin, Christine Vachon
- Format: PAL
- Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Greek, Hindi
- Dubbed: French
- Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: MGM Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 10 July 2006
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FIGEZC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,327 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
I Shot Andy Warhol [DVD]
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Based on the attempted murder of New York artist Andy Warhol. Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor) moves to Sixties New York, where she is befriended by the transvestite Candy Darling (Stephen Dorff) and lesbian Stevie. Working as a prostitute, Valerie tries to get herself published. She writes her own manifesto, SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men), and a play entitled 'Up Your Ass'. When she and her friends become part of Warhol's (Jared Harris) Factory entourage, Valerie has hopes that Warhol will produce her work, but instead finds herself ridiculed by and finally 'excommunicated' from his circle. As she slips into paranoia, Valerie makes an attempt on Warhol's life.
Mary Harron's feature--which picked up a Special Jury Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival for lead actress and independent film mainstay Lili Taylor--is a highly suspect mishmash of golly-gee counterculture reconstruction and inflammatory agitprop. Harron re-creates the ultimately violent relationship of motor-mouth street freak writer-prostitute-lesbian-gun-wielding assailant Valerie Solanas (Taylor) and pop artist Andy Warhol (Jared Harris) in the late 1960s, which ended in Solanas's assault on Warhol for his charmingly noncommittal responses to her search for a patron. It's a great idea for a film, but I Shot Andy Warhol is truly at odds with itself. Harron's modular construction of the story--part naive re-enactment of the instant-celebrity life at Warhol's studio, part celebration of Solanas's subversive ramblings, part investigation into the roots of her hyper-victimisation at, apparently, the hands of all men--is ultimately a shell game that allows the writer-director to avoid taking a clear stand on Solanas's bizarro politics. The cast is the only draw here: besides indie-film queen Taylor, Jared Harris makes for a convincingly cagey Warhol. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Lili Taylor's performance as Valerie has garnered a host of very complimentary reviews as well as a Grand Jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It is certainly an authentic portrayal (as is Stephen Dorff's performance as the transvestite Candy). Another Amazon reviewer has complained that Solanas is irritating because of her fast-talking, misandrist manner, but that is surely intentional: she is after all an anti-heroine and director Mary Harron (who interviewed Warhol herself in 1980) is unlikely to have wanted to give a more sympathetic account than was necessary. Personally, I think the film doesn't go far enough on this score: Solanas was clearly an extremely dangerous woman, so obsessed with Warhol that she even spray-painted the bullets silver, regarded him as a vampire and referred to the shooting three years after the event as "a moral act. And I consider it immoral that I missed. I should have done target practice".Read more ›
This is one of my favorite films from the 90's. Certainly more of an edge than Oscar winners from the '90's Forrest Gump, Titanic and Shakespeare in Love.
Lili Taylor as Valerie Solonas is superb. The overall cast is excellent. Stephen Dorff as Candy Darling is ... irresistible. Going beyond the fine acting is the direction, Mary Harron making it all just too real. She also co-wrote the script with Daniel Minahan, who later directed "Series 7: The Contender". Without Harron's tight handling, this film probably would have just been odd. Now it's great and odd. Billy Name, who was responsible for covering the actual Factory's inner walls in foil, was an advisor. He seems to have been put to good use.
I've watched twice now, the second time seeming even more powerful than the first. The second half was especially absorbing. The entire Warhol scene seems fascinating. Reading about it first in a book like "Popism: The Warhol Sixties" might enhance viewing of this movie. Something to watch but perhaps to be glad not to have been part of. Well, who's bold enough?
And yet somehow these wild side walkers have been made to seem familiar, perhaps not the girls next door but maybe just up the street. "I Shot Andy Warhol" begins as a look at the fringe and ends much closer to home.