22 September 2007

Wanna Climb Inside the Andy Warhol Scene?

The Sundance Film Festival-praised independent film -- one Lou Reed never wanted made because of his anger at the lead character -- shows the tender-but-plastic world of Andy Warhol's 1960's "Factory" as back drop to the revolutionary (or whacked -- you call it) actions of Valerie Solanas, portrayed exquisitely by Lili Taylor in I Shot Andy Warhol.

If nothing else, this film intelligently explores why real revolutionaries are considered so dangerous and/or crazy by North America's "Silent Majority", leading their lives of quiet desperation. Valerie Solanas unnerved even the hippest cats of her day. Canadian director Mary Harron does her homework and gets it right, ugly and tragic, yet starkly human. Truly fine work, but not for everyone.

Me, I can't wait to see Ms. Harran new film, The Notorious Bettie Page.

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