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Andy Warhol (Artists of the 20th Century)

2.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Born in Pittsburgh to Czechoslovakian immigrants, Andy Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology with a degree in pictorial design. Following this, he moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist.

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  • Directors: DPM
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019G8CY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This DVD is reminiscent of those awful grade-school filmstrips millions of us endured in the 60s. (And I'm assuming the 50s and 70s, too!)

Here's a sample of the narration (I might not get it exact, as I watched the DVD a week ago):

"Marilyn, Number 3. 1963. Marilyn, Number 5. 1963. Liz, Number 7. 1959. Marilyn, Number 2. 1961. Elvis, Number 4. 1966."

And so on, and so on, and so on.

The only thing missing was the interminable "beep" that alerted a bored kid on the AV squad to advance the filmstrip to the next frame.

Several points:

Warhol died in 1987. Not in 1798. There IS some actual film footage of the man, that given the DVD format, COULD have been used.

He led a rather interesting life. More than a few minutes could have been spent discussing it, and rather than showing still images of artwork he had created, I would rather have seen more photographs of him and his family.

While he was known for producing multiple versions of the same artwork, perhaps a little more effort could have been made in showing the evolution from one image to the next. (Like a smooth cross-fade from one image to the next.) I didn't understand the point of showing 3 Marilyns, then 2 of Liz, then an Elvis, then back to Marilyn, and so on, ad nauseum.

All in all, the only reason I'm going 2 stars on this, is the fact that I thought he was a uniquely interesting character and I can't bring myself to hang a 1-star review on anything associated with him!
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While some reviewers have called this "creepy" --you have to remember who we are dealing with here. I thought this was very representative of Andy and his ups and downs that are reflected in his bodies of work. Some of it isn't pretty, but it's real. This touches on a side that isn't that pop-ready persona--but a more intimate, raw, exposed look.
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This documentary presents hundreds of works by the artist. It is a narrated slide show. The commentary is very detailed, competent, and comprehensive. It includes extensive biography mixed with a very professional work analysis encompassing influence of other artists with examples of their works. The quality of video and sound is good. B.t.w., it's just you.
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Look at image and my friends assessment of the movie.
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If I had to choose between a DVD of a real movie called "I Shot Andy Warhol" or this DVD which shows samples of his artwork with an emphasis on death and his religious side, my choice would be learning about Andy's crazy world by watching the real movie or by listening to a CD called Songs for Drella which is mainly songs by Lou Reed. As an activity, art has less interest for me than practically everything else about Andy Warhol, who was a celebrity that might even be considered a scapegoat for people who read too many articles in The New York Times using him as a prime example of something weird going on in American society.

I watched this DVD a few times, and it did get better as I got used to constant references to skulls, a suicide, death, religion and endless praise, but the last time, I noticed that the other artist Andy allowed to do the extra doodling on the ten boxing punching bags that Andy had decorated with pictures of Christ from the famous Last Supper painting had written `Judge Judge Judge' on one or more of the bags. If people actually punch these bags, that might mess up the paint, wouldn't it? I would hate to have anyone tell me that I was confused by my reactions to this, but looking at these exhibits on a DVD does not give the average viewer much opportunity to do anything much worse than whatever it shows.

Andy died in 1987, a few years older than I am now and much more successful, but I think I made a more comic portrait of Chairman Mao by adding floppy arms and a bunch of bananas, as if when Mao was blamed for what happened in Nam, American politicians seemed to think: If at first you don't succeed, get a bigger bunch of bananas.
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