Monday, April 27, 2009

Andy Warhol; Artist, and.. Movie Maker?

Perhaps I'm the only one who did not know this until yesterday because, I'll admit, I'm always the last to know about..well, about everything. UNLESS it pertains to Lucille Ball in which case, tell me something I don't know.

Moving right along, I've only glanced at Warhol's art with an intrigued eye but, never gave his person much thought other than "Wow, I like the colors.. OHHH, COLOR!" Which, I readily admit, was very close minded of me. I have no excuse for showing no further interest in this multi-faceted man.

Alas, I had no idea that Andy Warhol delved into film making; creating such, shall I say epic, films like the 485-minute Empire (1964) or, the moderately popular The Chelsea Girls (1966.

That is why I was fascinated by this short clip from a project being put together by The Andy Warhol Museum & DVD distributor, Plexifilm; consisting of "screen tests" done by Mr. Warhol featuring the visages and occasionally quirky mannerisms of of such party legends & movers and shaker of the 1960s party scene as; Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Lou Reed, and Dennis Hopper; among others, entitled 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests. Enjoy this preview below:

Its especially haunting when you think about how some of the individuals who were so prominently featured there are either no longer heard of or deceased.
Its a creepy thing to look back on any old footage and knowing how some of the human beings that were so alive and full of life at that moment, came to their tragic ends. Its as if we are privy to their future while they stare back at us, oblivious.

Thanks to Movie Morlocks for bringing this to my attention.

Sunny Side Up!,

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