In 1963, Andy Warhol began making movies. Seduction was one of the central themes in his two early silent short films from 1963/64 – BLOW JOB and HAIRCUT #1. Despite its title, in BLOW JOB all we see is a young man's face. The sexual act (possibly even an illegal sexual act at the time) is not even seen, only hinted at. Nor whether a man or a woman is performing the act. Seduction in his films was not meant by Warhol to be limited to what most audiences expected – vicarious pleasure. Whatever happens on the celluloid happens in the mind of the beholder. All else is speculation, that equivocal quality that separates yet bonds artist and critics alike. This liberates the mind to look in another way.
This film is part of the „Silent Program“
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Photo © 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum
Cast: DeVerne Bookwalter, Willard Maas
Director: Andy Warhol