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Portrait of an Artist: Andy Warhol [VHS] (1987)

Kim Evans  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
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  • Directors: Kim Evans
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Homevision
  • VHS Release Date: September 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630299604X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,629 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The first major profile of the American Pop Art cult leader after his death in 1987 covers the whole of his life and work through interviews, clips from his films, and conversations with his family and superstar friends. Andy Warhol, the son of poor Czech immigrants, grew up in the industrial slums of Pittsburgh, while dreaming of Hollywood stars. He went on to become a star himself--the most famous and controversial artist of modern times.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent look at Warhol November 7, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
This video is directed towards people who are not firmiliar with the life and works of Andy Warhol. This video (which is one of many in a series about famous artists) tells of Andy's rise to star-status and how he created his works. People who Andy associated himself with in the late 60's and 70's tell about the daily activities that they would partake in with Andy while working at his studio, "The Factory". Commentaries about his style, attitude and actions make this film great, beyond the look at the artist creating his work and seeing many of his lesser known works. I would recommend this video to EVERY Warhol fan, teachers and students of art.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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this videotape runs 79 minutes. it was part of the London Weekend Television "South Bank Show".

my local library had it sitting on their shelf.

this is a good basic documentary introduction to the life of Andy Warhol(originally Warhola).

for a complete, full-blown documentary,the PBS produced "Andy Warhol-A Documentary Film" which came out in 2006 is the thing to get.

but, as i say, this little videotape will serve as a good foundation.

some of the highlights for me with this video is a glimpse of his film "Kitchen", about 30 seconds long.

another, from "Chelsea Girls", the "Pope Ondine" segment, Ondine slapping a girl around like a brat. she warns him in a gently stern voice "don't touch me" and he WACKS her again! i wish she went balistic on him!

an interview with brigid berlin shows her mocking her mother's horror after just coming from seeing her 'bohemian' daughter in "Chelsea Girls".

there are plenty of newsreals of Andy being interviewed

and Andy is always true to form, that is, squirling his way around every question, ducking, dodging, mimicking the interviewer, very reluctant to give a serious answer.

but so entertaining!

there are good discussions about his art, how it evolved, the public's and critic's reactions to it..his own 'thoughts' about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andy Metamorphosis September 8, 2009
Yes. It looks like this DVD may be out of print (thus the high markup). It's worth looking for at your local library, but certainly a DVD to add to your collection if you are serious. It's a quicker, less intimate synopsis compared to the PBS documentary... With more of an emphasis, I feel, on Andy as an artist, than on his "life".

This DVD helped me to get a better understanding of Andy's process as a professional. It gives some better insights as to the crucial transformations he was going through from about 1964-1970.

Andy was in his 30's, successful, moneyed, and still in the process of finding himself. He was a chameleon; perhaps with good reason, because people who were openly gay were ostracized. Andy kept a lid on it. (After all, he was still living with his mother, who was in complete denial.) He learned how to hide behind his paintings, his clothing, his glasses and wigs. He changed his associations, mostly aligning himself with homosexual and transsexual personalities who he used in his films. He didn't exactly make friends with them so much as he allowed himself to live "through" them by use of his camera, and film.

As someone mentioned very briefly in this DVD, Andy was aware that there was a dark side to pop-culture. With his focus on sex and death, Andy was exploring the nature of impermanence in these projects. As a result, he managed to peeve off more than a few individuals!

"But that's a whole other story...!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Warhol :The king of pop art August 30, 2007
This is A great documentary film on the life of pop artist Andy Warhol.It goes from his very humble beginnings to king of the pop art world.The film keeps you totally involved in the story of his life.This is a film for any serious art student, lover of art or documentary film addict. If you like or hate Any's work this film is for you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warhol review May 14, 2010
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The film was dated and focused more on Warhol's life as filmmaker than as an artist. I needed the film for my HS art class and found it tedious and somewhat inappropriate for students.
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