I Shot Andy Warhol

I Shot Andy Warhol

Director: Mary Harron, Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Lothaire Bluteau

Cast: Mary Harron, Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Lothaire Bluteau

     
 

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Mary Harron's superb debut feature film I Shot Andy Warhol comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials

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Mary Harron's superb debut feature film I Shot Andy Warhol comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and Spanish soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. Although some additional material on the real-life figures depicted in the film would have made the disc even stronger, this is a solid release from MGM/UA that is worthwhile.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The swinging '60s, as seen through the narrow lens of New York City's underground creative community, are chronicled in this dynamic, occasionally pretentious, but always compulsively watchable indie film. It's the story of radical feminist Valerie Solanas (vibrantly played by Lili Taylor), whose search for someone to produce her subversive, antimale "manifesto" leads her to pop-art icon and counterculture guru Andy Warhol (Jared Harris). Solanas' abrasive personality and incessantly confrontational stance becomes too alienating even to the drugged-out misfits in Warhol's "Factory," and after she is excommunicated from the group, Solanas seeks revenge. Director Mary Harron re-creates the Factory milieu with commendable accuracy, capturing the pervasive hipper-than-thou mentality of Warhol and his sycophants. The film's red-meat sequences, pitting the agitated, hard-charging feminist against the meek, evasive artist, are positively riveting, thanks to the faultless performances of Taylor and Harris. The DVD release of I Shot Andy Warhol will find favor not only among those who fondly remember the '60s, but also among viewers born too late for that heady era.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Mary Harron's debut, a modern period piece, nails what New York City in general, and Andy Warhol's factory in particular, looked and felt like in the late '60s. Assisting Harron in her recreation of the period are the stellar performances of Lili Taylor as Solanas and Jared Harris as Warhol. Taylor invests Solanas with a gritty intelligence and a sense of reckless danger. One gets the impression that the character really did write the funny, vengeful snippets she reads from The SCUM Manifesto. Harris captures Warhol's feigned boredom that masked a puppet master's control over his surroundings. His last scene, in which he is startled because he believes he sees Solanas, shows how far the character has fallen from his feelings of aloof impenetrability. Having plunged the audience into the physical and psychological reality in which these characters existed, viewers begin to understand the surreal logic of Warhol's "star system," Solanas' creation of The SCUM Manifesto, and the casual cruelty of almost everybody involved in that scene. As the behavior of the characters grows more outlandish, the viewer can understand why. That one might find what Solanas did understandable is the great accomplishment of I Shot Andy Warhol.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2001
UPC:
0027616857699
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:43:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; Spanish: stereo Surround; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lili Taylor Valerie Solanas
Jared Harris Andy Warhol
Lothaire Bluteau Maurice Girodias
Martha Plimpton Stevie
Stephen Dorff Candy Darling
Anna Thomson Iris
Peter Friedman Alan Burke
Dan Morgenstern Jeremiah Newton
Reg Rogers Paul Morrissey
Justin Theroux Mark the Revolutionary
Yo La Tengo The Velvet Underground
Donovan Leitch Gerard Malanga
Tahnee Welch Viva
Craig Chester Fred Hughes
Michael Imperioli Ondine
James Lyons Billy Name
Coco McPherson Brigid Polk
Lynn Cohen Concierge
Myriam Cyr Ultra Violet
Jill Hennessy Laura

Technical Credits
Mary Harron Director,Screenwriter
Barden Casting
John Cale Score Composer
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Tom Kalin Producer
Pamela Koffler Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Lidsay Law Producer
Jeff Lazar Asst. Director
Daniel Minahan Screenwriter
Keith Reamer Editor
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Smith Casting
Rob Taz Sound/Sound Designer
Christine Vachon Producer
Anthony Wall Producer

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/Title/Intro [3:26]
2. It's Very Involved [3:22]
3. The Incomplete Male [3:35]
4. 1966-New Digs [9:56]
5. The Factory [4:21]
6. Paid Conversation [4:20]
7. Valerie's Play [8:46]
8. More Actors [7:38]
9. Party With The In-Crowd [15:15]
10. Acting For Andy [5:21]
11. "Date With Destiny" [5:05]
12. Excommunicated [4:50]
13. Partners In Mayhem [5:11]
14. Lesbians on TV [4:32]
15. "I Shot Andy Warhol" [7:47]
16. Postscripts/Credits [9:44]

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