I Shot Andy Warhol
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Make it a double feature with Boys Don’t Cry and save!
Introduction by director Mary Harron, producers Tom Kalin, Christine Vachon, and Pamela Koffler, and cinematographer Ellen Kuras.
Mary Harron has made movies about power-crazed murderers (American Psycho) and iconic sex symbols (The Notorious Bettie Page), but her 1996 debut took in both subjects at once. In June 1968, Valerie Solanas shot America’s most famous artist. Harron’s film follows the entry of this fascinating woman into Warhol’s rarified inner circle: Paul Morrissey, Viva, Gerard Malanga, and Candy Darling (a remarkable Stephen Dorff). Lili Taylor is magnetic as Solanas, an unhinged, paranoid figure who also happened to be a major, influential voice in the history of radical feminism. I Shot Andy Warhol thrives on that tension; as the years pass, it has emerged as one of the great, enduring independent films of the 1990s boom that Killer Films did much to usher in.