Andy Warhol, Hedy, 1966, 16mm, black & white, sound, 66 mins.
The original Drag Superstar takes on the ultimate Hollywood Bad Girl. Mario Montez is screen goddess Hedy Lamarr in Andy Warhol's Hedy (aka The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, aka The Shoplifter, aka The Fourteen Year Old Girl). Co-stars include Jack Smith, Ingrid Superstar, Ronald Tavel, Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga, with a soundtrack of live music by the Velvet Underground.
Filmed just a month after her career-threatening real-life arrest for shoplifting hit the tabloids, this Warhol camp melodrama, with script by Playhouse of the Ridiculous co-founder Ronald Tavel, presents the (mis)adventures of Hedy Lamarr, who endures a long and laborious facelift, rude shopgirls, a humiliating arrest, and the accusations of her five ex-husbands at her court trial.
As Callie Angell notes, “Mario Montez gives one of his most outstanding performances” as Hedy. Rarely screened, Hedy fascinatingly represents the Warhol Factory and its Superstar system at its peak.