EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|VINYL (director: Andy Warhol; screenwriters: Ronald Tavel/based on the novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess; cinematographer: Bud Wirtschafter; cast: Gerard Malanga (Victor), Tosh Carrillo (The Doctor), John MacDermott (The Detective), Ondine (Scum Baby), Larry Latreille (Pug), Jacques Potin (Extra), Edie Sedgwick (Extra); Runtime: 70; MPAA Rating: NR; Raro Video-PAL format; 1965)|
by Dennis Schwartz
Warhol ("Blowjob"/"My Hustler"/"Chelsea
Girls") is the first filmmaker to attack filming Anthony
Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, and shoots the
ineptly acted stilted experimental pic, made in the
Factory, as a sado-masochistic work on how to treat
juvenile delinquents in our corrupt society by taking
away their free will using torture to brainwash them.
It was later filmed by Stanley Kubrick. The Kubrick
film blew me away and the self-indulgent voyeuristic
Warhol one left me scratching my balls.
written by Ronald Tavel as an irritatingly bad film,
that can be admired as a bad film that makes no
pretenses to make the story affecting, to have the
actors perform competently or be entertaining except
as an oddly comical trashy mood piece with bizarre
scenes in a claustrophobic uncinematic mise-en-scène.
Its title could relate to the old style rock music
vinyl records playing throughout in the background or
maybe to the star's fake leather jacket (vinyl), or
plot it has Victor (Gerard Malanga) go
into an opening rant telling how he's proud to be a
juvenile delinquent and gets his kicks hurting others.
The cop (John MacDermott) has Victor
bound in a seat and places a bag over his head, and
the Doctor (Tosh Carrillo) tortures
Victor to conform. It concludes with Victor now cured
through this fascist therapy and all the zany
characters present during the torture exercise take
poppers and have an orgy.
good to have choices. For some Warhol is the Man. For
others he's a bore.
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2013 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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