I Shot Andy Warhol


(out of 5)

‘s performance as Valerie Solanas starts out riveting and soon grows tiresome, as does this film.  It chronicles Solanas’ unstable life up until her date with destiny, when she shot pop culture icon Andy Warhol (the wound was eventually responsible for taking his life many years later). Director Mary Harron does a convincing job of recreating the Warhol Studio days, and for that reason it’s worth a good peek by curious viewers, but you have to be a total masochist to enjoy it.  Everything in the film is ugly and downbeat, emanating from Taylor’s very unfortunate character and taking the form of a listless and unformed plot.  The star gets more than ample support from  as Warhol, a funny (if severely miscast)  as starlet Candy Darling (she was actually beautiful) and a small cameo by as a disgruntled star of one of the Studio’s films. Maybe if they had recreated Joe Dallesandro for the film I would have been happier, but in the end it would still be a big yawnfest.

Playhouse International Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, BBC Arena, Killer Films

United Kingdom/USA, 1996

Directed by

Screenplay by Mary Harron, , based on the book The Letters And Diaries of Candy Darling, 1992 by , and the research of 

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 1996.

National Board of Review Awards 1996.

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