Blue Movie

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Blue Movie - 1969 is a film by pop icon and 60s art sensation, Andy Warhol. Starring Viva and Louis Waldon, the movie follows the couple in a supremely sublime afternoon in their New York city apartment. The dialogue centers around various mundane activities, against the backdrop of one of the political aspects of the times - the Vietnam War.

Shot in cold looking Arizona exteriors, the film returns to confined interior rooms such as the kitchen, bath and bedrooms, mostly camera angles that alternate between medium and tight close-ups.

Warhol, who was a master at art reversal, structures this film backwards. Rather than fit more than the usual in terms of featuring a physically beautiful person, the film opens with medium close-ups of Viva. She is looking at Louis Waldon, who is a pleasant, 30-ish man and is fully clothed. They talk a great deal, have sex, eat hamburgers and take a shower, while dramatizing what can be done about the Vietnam war.

Many of the images have an artistic quality, featuring pure nudes that are caught in harmony with the camera. The film looks mostly improvised, excepting a form of Truffaut homage and his film, Stolen Kisses.

The film is basically heterosexual pornography, though decidedly more cheerful than the kind of movie that was shown in porn theaters during that time period. At 105 minutes, the film included much ad-libbed talk about such diverse and random topics as cops, athlete's foot, Nixon, praying mantises and termites.

In its more critical moments, the film is as any other conventional blue movie, generally because it is not impossible to act as a third party in circumstances such as these and not feel slightly ridiculous or unaware of the physicality.

While the film attempts to present using sex as the ultimate political protest, the story is also about vivisection, air pollution, campus reform, stamp collecting and what can be done about all of them, as well.

The film is considered significant due to the chaos of the times, when public morality was changing at lightening speed. As became evident with the Warhol experience, this film represents the style and body of work that has become as indigenous to the times as commercial film in general.

While it was originally screened at the infamous Factory, it was not shown for wider audiences until much later at the Warhol Garrick Theatre. On July 31, the theater staff was arrested, whereupon the film was confiscated. The manager was ultimately fined $250.

1969 | 2 hr 20 min | 5.1/10
Viva, Louis Waldon
Andy Warhol
Produced By
Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
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