Screen Test: Lou Reed
Filmfest 2015

German Age Rating

A SCREEN TEST of Lou Reed, singer and guitarist of The Velvet Underground. In the mid-1960s, Warhol’s studio became a diverse scene of artists, friends, and celebrities, many of whom posed for short films titled SCREEN TESTs. Warhol and his assistant, Gerard Malanga, made almost 500 of these silent, 16mm film portraits in the span of three years. Sitters were instructed to sit still for about three minutes, the length of time it took for the roll of film to run through the camera. He later projected the SCREEN TESTs in slow motion, thereby extending their duration and imbuing them with a dreamlike stillness. The idea of calling them SCREEN TESTs was something of a joke, according to Malanga. “None of these screen tests amounted to giving those people the opportunity to go on in the underground film world,” Malanga said in a 2009 interview. “It was kind of a parody of Hollywood.”

This film is part of „The Velvet Underground Program“
Also in this Program:
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO
SCREEN TEST: STERLING MORRISON
SCREEN TEST: JOHN CALE
SCREEN TEST: MAUREEN TUCKER
SCREEN TEST: NICO

Photo © 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

tags: Experimental, Art, Portrait

Cast: Lou Reed

Credits

Director: Andy Warhol