Good god does Lili Taylor do an excellent job of being Valerie Solanas. I could not take my eyes off of her… her swagger, her constantly shifting eyes, her chain smoking, fidgeting, hustling… and I loved the way they wove different passages from Valerie Solanas’s manifesto, SCUM throughout the movie. I also liked their representation of Warhol as a naive child or “elfin enfant terrible” as one netflix reviewer said. Heh.
Every time Andy Warhol pops up in movies it is always the iconic version of him, but I gotta wonder – does anyone have stories of Andy Warhol when he was looking for galleries to show his work, or desperate for someone, anyone to buy his work? There was a brief mention in the movie The Cool School, that Warhol was trying to sell his work in L.A. before he got his fame in New York… mainly because no one would have him and he had a better chance of being shown on the west coast.
Seeing Candy Darling represented in the movie made me think again of the famous transsexual doll artist Greer Lankton, who ran around with some of the Factory crowd for a while. Here is her bust of Candy Darling from her Mattress Factory exhibit.