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"He was the most American of artists and the most artistic of Americans," one man later said "so American in fact that he is almost invisible to us." ANDY WARHOL a riveting and often deeply moving film portrait of the most famous and famously controversial artist of the second half of the twentieth century is the first to explore the complete spectrum of Warhol's astonishing artistic output, stretching across five decades from the late 1940's to his untimely death in 1987. Combining powerful on-camera interviews and rare still and motion picture footage, it is also the first to put 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.
Ric Burns' Andy Warhol is a four-hour pop-culture extravaganza that will retool what you think you know about the famed and oft-parodied soup-can painter. Delving deep into Andy's impoverished upbringing in Pittsburgh, the greatest success of Burns' film is its ability to delve deep behind the façade of Andy Warhol, Pop Celebrity. Featuring interviews with an array of confidants from art dealers to artists (but, alas, no Lou Reed), Burns' film portrays an extremely insecure man who lived with his mother through much of the Factory years and constantly seeked a measure of fame akin to the Hollywood starlets whose photographs he tore out of the pages of Depression-era movie mags. Andy Warhol succeeded in achieving that fame, and along the way redefined how we think of art and culture. This film may very well redefine what you think of the man. -- Kristian St. Clair
The definitive documentary on the artist. A better one does not exist.Published 2 months ago by Craig Hooper
A wonderful Documentary Film on the life of Andy Warhol that is unique and timeless. It was my pleasure to have met him a year before his untimely death. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Scott G. Brown
Pretty decent documentary… showing the good/bad side of Drella. Somewhat repetitive at times and breezed over the later years after he was shot. Worth watching. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bing
I love the way this thing drags on.
I can go do dishes and have it on full blast
and know exactly when to come back into the room
soaken wet and look at the cool... Read more
Fascinating, well made film that really goes into what made Warhol great. Lots of background on his artistic ability which is usually passed over in favor of his Studio 54 days. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kathleen M.
You will definitely love this film! It is one of my favorite movies, and I watch it all the time!Published 19 months ago by Winky
One of the best documentaries ever made on an artist. I am an art historian and I learned so much about Andy Warhol. Ric Burns does an excellent job! Read morePublished 22 months ago by Joan L. Hart
Truly, an incredible work. Its only flaw is its lack of serious treatment of Warhol's artistic output of the 70's and 80's. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by dean Seppelfrick