Andy Warhol’s VINYL, made in 1965, was the first filmed version of Anthony Burgess' 'A Clockwork Orange', and it opens with a shot so powerful Stanley Kubrick would later ape it in his 1971 remake: Surrounded by his cronies, our (anti)hero gazes directly into the camera, his face wearing an expression of blank, thuggish entitlement. But similarities end there: When Warhol's camera zooms back, it frames the shot that will compose most of this black-and-white, three-take film.
Though Warhol keeps it simple as ever, this is no SLEEP-style minimalist snoozer but rather a rough-trade recasting of Burgess' novel – a scratchy and gunky love song to torture and domination, not a Kubrickean morality tale at all. Also as ever, Warhol constantly keeps reminding us that this is a movie...
Originally published in the Austin Chronicle. September 14, 2001. Revised.
Edie Sedgwick's first role in a Warhol film.
This film is part of the “Vinyl Program”
Also in this Program:
SCREEN TEST: LARRY LATREILLE
SCREEN TEST: GERARD MALANGA
SCREEN TEST: ONDINE
Photo © 2015 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum
Cast: Gerard Malanga, Ondine, John MacDermott, Larry Latreille, Edie Sedgwick
Screenplay: Ronald Tavel
Original Material: Anthony Burgess
Sound: Bud Wirtschafter
Producer: Andy Warhol
Director: Andy Warhol