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I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)

Cast: Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Lothaire Bluteau, more...
Director: Mary Harron
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Independent, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Biopics, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 103 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French
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Synopsis
The true story of Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist who became notorious after shooting art world icon Andy Warhol, is portrayed in this fact-based drama. In an attempt to present a fair assessment of her actions, writer-director Mary Harron focuses on Solanas' troubled life, from her childhood as an abuse victim to her life as teenage prostitute in New York City. These experiences left Solanas (played by Lili Taylor) deeply scarred, contributing to a hatred of men that later found full flower in her famous "SCUM Manifesto," an extremist tract calling for the establishment of a "Society for Cutting Up Men." Deeply troubled, she nevertheless briefly finds hope after befriending young transvestite Candy Darling (played by Stephen Dorff) and discovering herself on the fringes of the wild, colorful world surrounding the eccentric Warhol. She becomes obsessed with the idea that Warhol's support could change her life, only to become violently enraged when the artist and his friends begin to turn away from her. ~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

lili taylor lili taylor lili taylor by ewee August 31, 2005 - 1:37 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
An admirable movie worth seeing. The pacing and timing varies throughout the movie echoing the main character's mental state -- sometimes jarring and sometimes languid.

Lili Taylor does her usual amazing work, and portrays Valerie Solanas with depth and feeling. Overall, the rest of the movie is ok, but only ok. Other than Stephen Dorff, the other actors set a backdrop for Lili Taylor, but don't add overmuch to the movie. The story itself is interesting, but not terribly gripping.

Watch this movie to see Lili Taylor. Worth the rental.

-ewee




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