My Hustler (1965)

ANDY WARHOL, CHUCK WEIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1965Andy Warhol Films.  Directed by Andy Warhol, Chuck Wein.  Cinematography by Andy Warhol.  Produced by Andy Warhol.  

The ragged appeal of Andy Warhol’s movies doesn’t affect the undeniable fact that many of them, such as this two-reel curiousity, are just plain boring. The first reel, done in almost one long continuous take, takes place on a Fire Island beach house where a bitter sugar daddy argues with a neighbour girl about which of the two of them his recently acquired hustler would prefer. In the second reel, also done in one take, the appealing young man () is given advice by a much more experienced hustler () in the bathroom after they’ve both had a shower. Exploitative and marginally kinky, this film influenced the look and feel of Midnight Cowboy and is worth remembering for its position in the Warhol oeuvre, but the dialogue (mostly improvised) is listless and the situations completely uninteresting. In fact, as is usually the case with Warhol’s work, the back stories of those involved in the film are a hell of a lot more interesting than what’s happening on screen.

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