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Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film (PBS Home Video)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Documentary: B



Long after his death, Andy Warhol continues to court controversy and while most films and documentaries have focused on his eccentricities, art and influence, some recent works have tried to do something different.  George Hickenlooper’s Factory Girl (2006) offered several controversies including at least one lawsuit, but is also notable for its negative portrayal of Warhol.  Ric Burns’ Andy Warhol – A Documentary Film (also 2006) also tries a different take on Warhol by trying a pretty chronological take without taking a judgmental position on him.


That includes not unconditionally glorifying his art and influence, but carefully charting it in a way previous documentary and narrative works did not take the time to do.  This happens through an exceptional series of interviews and interesting takes on his life.  We see more of what makes Pittsburgh such an important influence and how he was witness to its early industrial days when so much remained undeveloped.  How being there gave him a view of mass production, innovation, consumerism, commercialism and the rise of the 20th Century city with all of its wealth can muster.


Often, the program will offer little about this period and suddenly, Warhol is magically in New York a genius.  This is typical of the subtle deconstruction of interesting myths about Warhol countered by facts and various takes on his rise to power and success.  After seeing so many programs on him and works by him, associated with him or including him that this has so much new to offer says that the media still has a long time to catch up with Warhol and what he did.  This one will hold up for a very long time.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 transfer is good, but has many interesting and varied archival clips, some of which are not common.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has little in the way of surrounds, but is clearly recorded.  There are no extras, but this is a single disc with about four hours has plenty to offer and is solid.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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