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Andy Warhol's HEDY | Mario Montez, Jack Smith, Mary Woronov + The Velvet Underground
Curated by: Bradford Nordeen
55 Washington Square South
Greenwich Village
New York, NY 10012

November 28th, 2012 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
© Image © 2012 Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film still courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum. Design -
greenwich/west village
underground film, queer, camp, drag, warhol
$7 suggested donation

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.

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