Saturday, September 11, 2010
Andy Warhol's Screen Tests were filmed from early 1964 - November 1966. Although the short films became known as Warhol's Screen Tests, they were originally considered film portraits - portraits done on film rather than canvas. At the time, the only films that were labeled as "Screen Tests" were three longer movies written by Ronald Tavel for Warhol in 1965 - Screen Test No. 1 and 2 and what is sometimes referred to as Screen Test No. 3 or Suicide - with each film lasting more than an hour. Subjects of the film portraits which became known as Screen Tests, included factory Gerard Malanga, filmmaker Barbara Rubin (1964), filmmaker Jonas Mekas (1964), filmmaker and poet Piero Heliczer (1964), poet Allen Ginsberg (c.64/65), John Ashbery (1965), Italian model model and one time girlfriend to Gerard, Benedetta Barzini (1966), Francesco Scavullo (1965), Phoebe Russell (1965), model/actress/granddaughter of designer Elsa Schiaparelli Marisa Berenson (1965), Nico (1966), Lou Reed (1966), John Wieners, Bob Dylan, Ingrid Superstar, Edie Sedgwick (1965), Ivy Nicholson, Danny Fields, Billy Name, Salvador Dali (1966), Donovan (1966), Charles Henri Ford (who was responsible for introducing Andy to Gerard) (1966), Rene Ricard (1966), poet Willard Maas (1966), Baby Jane Holzer, Phoebe Russell (1965), and International Velvet (Susan Bottomly)(1966).
(scans by me from: Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonne)