Couch | Chicago Reader

Couch

Running almost an hour, this 1964 film by Andy Warhol consists of 14 unedited camera rolls, each showing the couch in his Factory from a different angle. The various figures assembled around it form a series of powerfully blocked compositions, their mood overtly erotic: a great many bananas are consumed, one nude woman fails to attract the attention of a guy working on his motorcycle, and almost everyone stares off into the distance with a bored languor that has come to characterize a whole school of fashion photography. In the last third of the film the sex becomes explicit, though as the erotic gazes of the early scenes give way to the viewer's voyeuristic participation, the film becomes unified around the subject of looking.

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