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Directed by Ric Burns

United States 2006 120 mins. In English

Ric Burns’ epic documentary will change what you think you know about the famed Pop artist who redefined how we think of art and culture. Featuring interviews with an array of confidants from art dealers to artists, Burns’ film portrays an insecure man who lived with his mother through much of the Factory years, yet sought fame akin to the Hollywood starlets whose photos he tore out of Depression-era movie magazines. Combining on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it puts Warhol himself—his humble family background and formative experiences in Pittsburgh, and his crucial apprenticeship as a commercial artist in New York—back into the presentation of his life. Narrated by Laurie Anderson, interviews include Irving Blum, Bob Colacello, Donna De Salvo, Vincent Fremont, Dave Hickey, Stephen Koch, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jeff Koons, Paul Morrissey, Billy Name, George Plimpton, Neil Printz, John Richardson, Ronald Tavel, and John Warhola. Part II of Burn’s film (120 mins.) will be shown October 15 & 16.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: On Art and Artists



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