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13 Most Beautiful... Songs for Andy Warhol Screen Tests (2009)

Nico , Lou Reed , Andy Warhol  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper and more.
  • Directors: Andy Warhol
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MG2YQO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,690 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first ever authorized DVD release of films by Andy Warhol. Features thirteen of his classic silent, black and white film portraits. Subjects include Nico, Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Dennis Hopper, and more. Shot between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol's Factory in NYC, these screen tests are presented with newly commissioned soundtracks performed by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips (formerly of Luna and currently recording as Dean & Britta). Includes behind the scenes making of the new soundtrack, a video interview with Dean & Britta, and a 40-page booklet with liner notes and biographies of the screen test subjects.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph! Fantastic! April 3, 2009
Preordered this when it was first announced...being both a Warhol fan and a fan of anything Britta Phillips or Dean Wareham are involved in. The screen tests are breathtaking, backed by one of the most eclectic and satisfying soundtracks I could have imagined. The new studio versions of the Luna songs are fantastic, but of special note are the original compositions that Dean & Britta have come up with. If this is hinting at the direction of Dean & Britta's next album then I am EXTREMELY anticipating it. The covers are also of note, especially Velvet Underground's 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore'.

BTW, my favorite screen tests are Ann Buchanan and Freddy Herko. However, they all are excellent.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect June 29, 2009
It's wonderful to have some of Warhol's screen tests available for the first time on DVD and the sound track by Dean & Britta on here makes this a perfect marriage of film and music. There's some breath taking stuff on here. While everything on here is noteworthy, particularly haunting is Eddie Sedgwick's screen test with the beautiful and sad "It Don't Rain in Beverly Hills."

The DVD is beautifully packaged with an accompanying book filled with info on the composition of music and information about the screen test subjects, as well as general info on the whole project from the Warhol museum curators. Dean Wareham is particularly insightful and forthcoming on his essay of the process of recording the music and his fondness(?) of the Warhol era and its subjects.

Go see the performance live if you get the opportunity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right On! Incredible DVD! July 20, 2009
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I agree with everyone who says this is a great work. It's a little clichèd to say Dean & Britta's soundtracks 'capture' the subjects - the music just plain fits. Now c'mon, Warhol Museum - give us more! more! More AW Screen Tests along with D&B! Yeah! (& while I'm at it - please please get Chelsea Girls out!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More History than Art History April 27, 2011
I took a lot of Art History in School, but never appreciated Warhol. The American Experience Video changed my mind on him. And this Film reinforces just how much he reflected the moment and how he was leading the way forward for us all.

I first heard about the Movie Portraits in Songs for Drella, by Lou Reed and John Cale. And here they are! More powerful than I had ever imagined. The Music is perfect.

There is something haunting and beautiful about staring at these human faces... but because they are films, instead of still images, they also reveal glimpses into the personalities of the sitters as well, and that little glimpse makes all the difference.. for they reveal not only the other person, but also open up an image of oursevles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Beautiful December 18, 2010
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I recommend this video to any art lover or Warhol Fan. If you have a fascination for video art, photography, or even psychology and human behavior then you would have much to talk about while watching this film.
Also makes a great background video at cocktail parties.
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