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|THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO (director: Andy Warhol; cinematographer: Paul Morrissey/Andy Warhol; music: The Velvet Underground; cast: Lou Reed, John Cale, Mary Woronov, Sterling Morrison, Mo Tucker, Nico, Ari Boulogne; Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Andy Warhol; Raro Video-PAL format; 1966)|
|"The music is good."
by Dennis Schwartz
Warhol ("Blowjob"/"My Hustler"/"Chelsea
Girls") directs The Velvet Underground at his
NYC apartment at the Factory during an instrumental
rehearsal one January day in 1966. The group is joined
by German statuesque blonde model/singer Nico, playing
the tambourine, and her young son Ari doing some
movements at her feet. The band members are Lou Reed (guitar), John
Cale (viola and bass guitar), Sterling Morrison (guitar
guitar) and Mo Tucker (drums).
The band's name is taken
from a book by Michael Leigh on the degeneration of
sexuality in the modern day.
After the band plays for an
hour in a drone-like manner, the police enter the
Factory and the rehearsal ends peacefully with the
musicians saying their goodbyes.
The music is good. The
black-and-white visuals are ordinary. With underground
Warhol touches in the filming process, the film seems
more interesting than it should be and also registers
as a piece of '60's musical history.
REVIEWED ON 5/2/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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