I Shot Andy Warhol

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Review, by Lisa Nesselson

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1968 - Valerie Solanas, a radical lesbian and destitute writer lives on a succession of city rooftops and in cheap hotels. Through her twilight world acquaintances she gets a foot in the door of Andy Warhol's 'Factory' where she presents a copy of her play "Up Your Ass" to him. At the same time she meets the publisher of subversive literature, Maurice Girodias. Waiting for word from Warhol, Solanas takes to the streets, selling copies of her radical feminist diatribe SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) and, more successfully, selling her body. Solanas pleads with Warhol to produce her play but her disruptive behaviour only alienates the artists and excommunicates her from the zoned-out Factory crowd. Studying her publishing contract with Girodias, Solanas develops the paranoid fantasy that both Girodias and Warhol are conspiring against her. Her only option is to shoot Andy Warhol, in which she thus achieves her own 15 minutes of fame.

Directed by: Mary Harron
Written by: Mary Harron, Daniel Minahan
Starring: Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff, Martha Plimpton, Michael Imperioli, Jared Harris, Danny Morgenstern, Lothaire Bluteau, Reginald Rodgers
Produced by: Christine Vachon, Tom Kalin
Original Music by: John Cale

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