Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who is recognized as one of the most successful and highly paid commercial illustrators, and a leading figure of the Pop art movement. Coming from a poverty-stricken immigrant family, he established himself as a Pop artist with his then-controversial but now-iconic silkscreen paintings like 'Campbell's Soup Cans' and 'Marilyn Diptych' in 1962. One of his first successful films was the experimental underground film 'Chelsea Girls' (1966). He is also known for his art studio, 'The Factory', and the multimedia events, 'Exploding Plastic Inevitable'.
He worked on a variety of media including painting, silkscreening, photography, drawing, film, and sculpture. He experimented with the video medium in his 60-plus films and about 500 black-and-white 'screen test' portraits, but his avant-garde art films failed to bring him commercial success.
From the enormous list of Andy Warhol movies, the Museum of Modern Art has preserved fifty of the best of his films and in August 2014 started a project to digitize and release his previously unseen films to the public. Some of his best films include 'Sleep', 'Blow Job', 'Empire', 'Eat', 'Kiss', 'Bike Boy', 'My Hustler', 'The Nude Restaurant', and 'Lonesome Cowboys'.
Bike Boy is a drama film which tells the story of Joe Spencer, member of a motorcycle gang, who meets a filmmaker and his ‘superstars’, and converse with them. They try to crack jokes, and attempt to deflate Joe's machismo, but Joe is unable to understand their jokes. He only becomes more boasting and obscene.
Directed by Andy Warhol, the movie focuses on New York fashion designer Joan Tiger Morse. Morse, an amphetamine addict delivers a monologue in front of the camera on the relevant issues of 1967, the partying, the love, sex, and drug-fuelled lifestyle, her own invention of vinyl light-up mini-dresses, and her love of everything silver.
Lips is 30th film that artist-cum-film-director-cum-producer, Andy Warhol, made in 1964. It is a silent film, shot in black and white.
This short film was one of the screen tests of famous American director Andy Warhol, which focuses on the face of an actor for around 5 minutes.
Directed by Andy Warhol, the black and white movie is an art-house classic that narrates the stories of several residents of the Chelsea Hotel in New York City in 1966.
This film revolves around the activities of a hustler service, as an older man seeks a young hustler for companionship.
In this experimental underground film, director Andy Warhol attempts to capture an honest view of life of various residents of Hotel Chelsea and other locations in New York City in 1966, employing split screen views, alternating soundtracks for each screen, and a mix between black-and-white and color photography.
I, a Man is an erotic drama film which revolves around a man named Tom, and his sexual encounters with eight different women.
The Nude Restaurant is a drama film which revolves around the activities in a restaurant that caters to naked customers.
Also known as Kennedy’s Assassination, the film tries to reconstruct the assassination of US president John F. Kennedy. Beginning with a close up of Lyndon B. Johnson while an off screen voice declares that the movie will pursue the "Oswald model on television", it tries to present a critical commentary on media’s presentation of the event.
Blue Movie is a romantic drama film which revolves around two characters Viva and Louis as they spend an afternoon together in an apartment in New York City.
Batman Dracula is a black and white American film based on the popular DC comics superhero Batman. The film was unofficial and was made by a fan of the Batman comic books.
The 35-minute, black and white silent movie showing a single shot follows the expressions on the face of a man as he receives fellatio, as implied by the movie title. Nothing but the man’s face is shown in a single long shot, and evidently, the act of oral sex is being performed.
This Andy Warhol short film of 4 minutes continually focuses, in a slow-motion close-up, on the subject – Mario Montez, a cross-dresser and drag queen– as the subject, dressed in drag, eats and licks a banana suggestively.
This short film is a black-and-white version of its prequel Mario Banana I, which shows Mario enjoying a banana.
This black-and-white silent art film by Andy Warhol is an eight-hour-long slow motion stationary view of the Empire State Building captured over six-and-a-half hours from one early evening to 3 am the next day.
This Italian crime drama film revolves around a mentally unstable middle-aged woman named Lise, who experiences a series of bizarre encounters while she is in Rome, as she searches for someone who is going to kill her.
Although a highly respected actor nobody wants to hire Michael Dorsey because of his perfectionism. In desperation, he decides to pose as a woman and audition for the role of Dorothy Michaels in a popular soap opera. He soon becomes popular, not only with the audience, but also with his fellow actors, who take him to be a woman. To make matters worse, he falls for his costar, Julie.