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Original Air Date:
1 September 2006 (Season 20, Episode 6)
Ric Burns unearths rarely seen footage and offers keen observations on the life and artistic influence of Andy Warhol. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast)

Laurie Anderson ... Herself - Narrator
Irving Blum ... Himself

Salvador Dalí ... Himself (archive footage)

Candy Darling ... Himself (archive footage)
Donna De Salvo ... Herself

Bob Dylan ... Himself
Pat Hackett ... Herself
Dave Hickey ... Himself

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Jeff Koons ... Himself

Paul Morrissey ... Himself

George Plimpton ... Himself (archive footage)
John Richardson ... Himself
Edie Sedgwick ... Herself (archive footage)

Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)

Holly Woodlawn ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ric Burns 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ric Burns 
James Sanders 

Produced by
Peter Brant .... executive producer
Ric Burns .... producer
Robin Espinola .... co-producer
Larry Gagosian .... executive producer
Roger Kass .... co-executive producer
Marilyn Ness .... co-producer
Heather Parks .... associate producer
Mary Recine .... co-producer
Donald Rosenfeld .... producer
Henry J. Simonds .... co-producer: High Line Productions
Diane von Fürstenberg .... executive producer
Daniel Wolf .... producer
Alexis Zoullas .... co-producer: High Line Productions
Original Music by
Brian Keane 
Cinematography by
Buddy Squires 
Film Editing by
Juliana Parroni 
Li-Shin Yu 
Production Management
Paulo Padilha .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Carlos M. Cano .... assistant sound editor
Mariusz Glabinski .... sound effects editor
Marlena Grzaslewicz .... dialogue editor
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Mark Mandler .... sound recordist
Ira Spiegel .... sound effects editor
John Zecca .... sound recordist
Editorial Department
Jacob Steingroot .... assistant editor
Bill Stokes .... colorist
Daniel Vatsky .... image post-production
Music Department
Keith Chirgwin .... music editor
Other crew
Emma Dutton .... intern
Chelsea Hoffman .... production assistant
Nicole London .... production coordinator
Ryan Marino .... intern
Joshua Mueller .... production coordinator
Emma Pildes .... production assistant
Marin Tockman .... production coordinator
Kristen Vaurio .... senior researcher
Harlan Douglas Whatley .... intern (as Harlan Whatley)
Paul Docherty .... special thanks

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Great Addition to Warhol Documentaries, 28 September 2006
Author: Mattscape21 from Canada

I've seen most of the documentaries out there which follow Warhol's life and work and attempt to account for his influence. I've also read a number of books which attempt the same, as well as those written by Warhol himself or by proxy. I was quite honestly surprised then that this documentary presented a great deal of his early work that was relatively unfamiliar or little seen. Because of this minute detail in the early years, his later work was given short-shrift. The 80's were breezed through. (Perhaps there are plans to flesh out the later years in the future).

The talking heads are wonderfully pretentious on occasion and fairly incisive on other occasions. Most humorously, one comment from some expert is often immediately contradicted by another expert; The scenes are juxtaposed to highlight this paradox of the Warhol mystique -- that it is everything and its opposite depending on who you ask. And that is usually what is great about the commentary on Warhol: his work is so immediate that the academic folk make a myth out of the man as much as or more than they do the work. Not that Warhol didn't nurture that myth.

The only striking problem with the film was the over-dramatization of Warhol's own words, many taken from his book 'The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again'. I noticed the same lachrymose readings in Burns's recent documentary on Eugene O'Neill. This is much more sporadic in the Warhol film, but I found the O'Neill doc hard to watch because of all the (over)ACTING! by those who read from his plays.

P.S. -- Cheers to Robert Sean Leonard in both the mentioned documentaries. He was the most restrained and evocative in his readings.

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