American Masters: Season 20, Episode 6

Andy Warhol: A Documentary (20 Sep. 2006)

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Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol.


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Episode credited cast:
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Irving Blum ...
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Edie Sedgwick ...
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Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol.

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Too much for the average viewer...this is for your PhD in Warhol-ology
18 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for a casual introduction to the life of Andy Warhol or if you even want an intermediate look, then I suggest you find another documentary. That's because this one clocks in at a whopping four hours in length!! And, frankly, it seemed like they only had material enough for two or three hours. So, instead of telling his life story, often the film consists of folks who knew him or collected his art saying what a genius he was. A few of these folks seemed a bit overzealous--such as the guy who tried to draw a simile between Warhol and Jesus!! This gushing love and analyses seems VERY repetitive and even self-serving after a while--less would have worked better. Plus, the film really does NOT go in great depth about Warhol's life (despite the length of the show). Some of this is because Warhol LIKED to be seen as superficial and some of it is because instead of talking about HIM, it talks a lot about his work.

It's also problematic because some parts of the film seem incomplete or take HUGE chunks of the film when they shouldn't have. Almost the entire third hour is about his films--art-house films which practically no one ever is exposed to--in great contrast to his art. Oddly, however, his commercial films aren't even mentioned (such as his versions of Dracula and Frankenstein)! I just didn't understand this. Overall, a film that I think should be edited into two or perhaps three hours. Unless you are a HUGE Warhol junkie, there is just too much to keep your interest.

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