Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol

Jonas Mekas's 36-minute “diary” film, shot between 1965 and 1982 and released in 1990. The interest of Mekas's celebratory hand-held camera style is almost wholly dependent on his choice of subjects; and despite the home-movie charm that infuses all Mekas's diary films, this one is limited by the fact that his subject is more the Warhol scene than Warhol's work. Though Mekas has been one of the most passionate defenders of Warhol's filmmaking, his own style—nostalgic, sentimental, highly personal, and poetic—is fundamentally at loggerheads with Warhol's. Consequently, this selection of glimpses of Warhol and others (including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Lee Radziwill, Mick Jagger, and several children), mainly at festive gatherings or on vacation, hasn't anything more to say about the work than Chuck Workman's slick documentary about Warhol, Superstar.

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