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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

R | | Biography, Drama | 1 May 1996 (USA)
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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You only get one shot at fame.

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

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The filmmakers were given permission to reproduce some of Andy Warhol's paintings and silk screens for the set, but they had to destroy them after filming. See more »

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Valerie visits same newsstand as much as six months apart but same issues of magazines are always on display (with, in some cases, several different issues of same title on view concurrently, something that would never happen), only rearranged. See more »

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Andy Warhol: So Candy, how often do you get your period?
Candy Darling: Every day. I'm such a woman!
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I'll Keep It with Mine
Written by Bob Dylan
Performed by Bettie Serveert
Courtesy of Matador Records
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Looks and sounds amazing, but the narrative lags...
5 April 2006 | by 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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