Andy Warhol, Hedy, 1966 (still); image courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

Harlot (1964), Hedy (1966), and Lupe (1965)

Related Exhibition Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again
Part of Films by Andy Warhol

Free and open to the public. First come, first served.

1 p.m. Harlot, 1964, 16mm, 66 min.

2:30 p.m. Hedy, 1966, 16mm, 67 min.

4 p.m. Lupe, 1965, 16mm, 72:30 min.

In these films, Warhol draws inspiration from Hollywood leading ladies of the 1930s and ‘40s, reflecting a fascination with celebrity glamour and tragedy. Warhol’s first sound film, Harlot, stars the legendary drag performer Mario Montez as Jean Harlow, eating bananas on a sofa with other members of Warhol’s circle, as off-screen discussions about the scene are heard. Montez reappears in Warhol’s farcical Hedy as a scandal-ridden Hedy Lamarr, who had recently been arrested and tried for shoplifting. In Lupe, Warhol casts Factory Superstar Edie Sedgwick in a loose reenactment of the suicide of actress Lupe Vélez (although based on a much-disputed account of the star’s death.)  Lupe can also been read as a filmic glimpse into Sedgwick’s own troubled life.

All films screen courtesy Museum of Modern Art Circulating Film and Video Library.