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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

I Shot Andy Warhol

by Mary Harron

“It’s dazzling and serious, with flurries of impulse playing around a persistent core of madness. . . . Harron comprehends and dramatizes the milieu through which Solanas moved and also understands that this eccentric woman had glints of real perception.” –Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 224
  • Publication Date July 09, 1996
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3491-2
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $11.00

About The Book

I Shot Andy Warhol—starring Lili Taylor, Jared Harris, Stephen Dorff, and Martha Plimpton—is the story of Valerie Solanas, the radical feminist and author of SCUM Manifesto (Society for Cutting Up Men) who made headlines in 1968 when she attempted to kill Andy Warhol. I Shot Andy Warhol moves beyond the simplistic view of Valerie as a deranged lesbian acting in revenge for being shunned by the Factory crowd to present a complex figure whose brilliance and passion were clouded by mental instability and a history of abuse.

Praise

“An entertaining and dynamic work that goes about as far as a narrative film can in both analyzing a complex personality and portraying a cultural scene.” –Variety

“Contains the best evocation of the “60s yet captured on film.” –Movieline

‘mary Harron . . . certainly ought to be admired for spotting the opening passage from “The SCUM Manifesto,” the cri de coeur of the outraged feminist loner named Valerie Solanas, and finding within it a kernel of a scrappy, vibrant, unexpectedly touching film with a ragtag heroine no audience will easily forget.” –Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“It’s dazzling and serious, with flurries of impulse playing around a persistent core of madness. . . . Harron comprehends and dramatizes the milieu through which Solanas moved and also understands that this eccentric woman had glints of real perception.” –Stanley Kauffman, The New Republic

‘director Mary Harron’s immensely entertaining and provocative first film gives Solanas another shot at the spotlight.” –Rolling Stone

I Shot Andy Warhol is as riveting as its title. . . .

In her startling debut feature, [Mary Harron] has had the inspired audacity to tell the true story of Valerie Solanas.” –Entertainment Weekly (“A” rating)