April 18, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

I Shot Andy Warhol

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
103 minutes
performer
Jared Harris, Lili Taylor, Martha Plimpton
director
Mary Harron
distributor
Evergreen Home Video
author
Mary Harron, Daniel Minahan
genre
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

Though they’re ubiquitous in rental stores, VHS copies of the new-to-tape biopic Surviving Picasso, starring Anthony Hopkins, aren’t exactly flying off the new-release shelves. Why would they? The movie portrays a towering creative talent as a nasty old man and hardly brings his work alive. If you’re up for a more artful film about a great painter, we suggest you white out Picasso and brush up on one of these tortured-artist flicks. Just don’t expect photorealism.

I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
Portrait of: Andy Warhol (Jared Harris), the love-hate target of Valerie Solanas (Lili Taylor), circa the 1960s. Missing from this picture: The Pop artist’s strong work ethic; Shot mostly has him sitting around whining. Neatest visual motifs: Brit auteur Mary Harron saturates the screen with Day-Glo colors and period decor. A-

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