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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  1 May 1996 (USA)
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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to ... See full summary »

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Based on the true story of Valerie Solanas who was a 60s radical preaching hatred toward men in her "Scum" manifesto. She wrote a screenplay for a film that she wanted Andy Warhol to produce, but he continued to ignore her. So she shot him. This is Valerie's story. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language, drug use and brief violence | See all certifications »

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The film was originally planned as a documentary, but the filmmakers found almost no footage of Solanas or anyone to speak about her. See more »

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There are a couple of shots during the party at The Factory in which the camera crew can be seen reflected in the Mylar balloons. See more »

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Valerie Solanas: [on the phone] What's your name?
Jeremiah Newton: Jeremiah.
Valerie Solanas: Oh, and what do you look like Jeremiah?
Jeremiah Newton: Tall and I have long brown hair. What do you look like?
Valerie Solanas: A butch dyke.
[hangs up]
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Looks and sounds amazing, but the narrative lags...
5 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Lili Taylor plays Valerie Solanas, an educated loose cannon, guerrilla female activist and self-described 'bull dyke', who was taken into custody in June 1968 after shooting and wounding Andy Warhol at his New York City office/hangout The Factory. Good-looking movie investigates a hazy chapter in history, yet leaves some unanswered questions in its wake (I wasn't aware that apparently an assistant was also shot, though the film makes no attempt to explain what happened to him). However, this small-budgeted film captures a decadently apathetic, coolly indifferent time and place quite vividly, as good as any post-'60s movie has yet managed. Taylor is appropriately forceful and ungainly in her role, which is more complex than one might think, and yet hers is the least interesting or intriguing character on display. Stephen Dorff does a pretty terrific job as transvestite Candy Darling, Tahnee Welch is unrecognizable as Warhol's most famous starlet Viva, and Jared Harris is flawless as Warhol (he nails it). Terrific art direction and composition, but the film lags a bit in the narrative department, with Solanas meeting an anti-bourgeois activist which doesn't come to much and has a facetious, puzzling relationship with publisher Maurice Girodias which seems half-baked. **1/2 from ****


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