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Kiss and Couch

A pair of early films by Andy Warhol. Kiss (1963, 54 min.), one of Warhol's first films and the first to be publicly screened, collects 18 three-minute lip locks involving such Warhol regulars as Baby Jane Holzer, Gerard Malanga, Marisol, Ed Sanders, and Naomi Levine. The second film, Couch (1964, 58 min.), consisting of 14 unedited camera rolls showing the titular item of Warhol “Factory” furniture from assorted angles, has been described by Fred Camper this way: “The various figures assembled around [the couch] 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 in 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, and the erotic gazes of the early scenes give way to the viewer's voyeuristic participation, one of Warhol's major subjects.”

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