A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory
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There are several interesting themes that A Walk Into the Sea could have explored. One would have been Danny Williams' life story. Another would have been the competition among the Factory's artists for Warhol's favor. (The film portrays Warhol as a Grade-A jerk who jilted Williams). A third theme might have been the impact of Williams' disappearance on his loved ones.
Instead, A Walk Into the Sea just spins its wheels; the film tells all of the stories above, but it does not tell any of them in depth. The film, therefore, lacks focus and fails to answer any of the questions surrounding Williams. The viewer sees some mildly-interesting black-and-white films that Williams made, but the films will be of little interest to anyone other than (perhaps) film students; the films are silent and contain black-and-white images of the people at the Factory.
For an interesting account of Warhol's impact on the lives of others, I suggest George Plimpton's book Edie. A Walk Into the Sea never gets out of low gear.
What was very disturbing to me though is how Danny Williams' contribution to the Warhol oeuvre was so undervalued and actually demeaned by other participants. Paul Morrissey, in particular, who apparently was in competition w/ Mr. Williams for the director role, undercuts Danny Williams to the point of ridiculousness. It just comes off as pure cattiness.
That being said, the story can meander a bit, but for those, like myself, who continue to be fascinated by the creativity and decadence of New York City of the 60s and onward, this film offers some very satisfying backward glances.
In short, the film is circular and solipsistic, even though its center is a dead man. It is as intriguing as strobe effects, after two or more minutes, and really should have been a thing kept for the archive of Warholia, not the masses. In real life, no one knows what happened to Danny Williams, as his body was never found (the film's title is based on one of the theories of his death).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt this was a lot of creating something out of not much. I'm fascinated with the whole Andy Warhol/Factory thing, but he was clearly a total jerk.Published 10 months ago by Martin
Really interesting film with great interviews. Except for the actual 1960s film footage, the jerky camera motion is distracting and annoying, which detracts from the film;... Read morePublished 11 months ago by G. Fox
Not worth the effort. I thought it would be about Warhol but it's about one very confused member of the hangers-onPublished 12 months ago by DS
Life stories such as Danny Williams are heartbreaking. What we see and feel in this documentary is just one of many talented people who thought that he was going to be loved by... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sharon A Walters
You will find more about Danny Williams by investing 5 minutes on google.
His family know almost NOTHING about Danny (Except that he was gay, used drugs and went to... Read more
In this movie, some relatives of a minor flunky at Andy Warhol's Factory try to imply that Warhol was somehow responsible for the guy's disappearance hundreds of miles away in the... Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by J. Martin
it was an interesting film, nothing like what i expected. very blunt & a view of the whole Warhol machine that i hadn't seen shown on film before.Published on October 1, 2012 by Sara