Vinyl and Poor Little Rich Girl world premiere at the Filmmakers' Cinematheque

New York: Andy Warhol Film, 1965. Vintage mimeograph poster advertising the world premiere of Andy Warhol’s seminal films, "Vinyl" and "Poor Little Rich Girl" on June 19-20, 1965 at the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque in New York. Photo-illustrated with a repeating image of Edie Sedgwick and Gerard Malanga from the film.

Technically, this was only the premiere of "Poor Little Rich Girl," as "Vinyl" had previously been shown on June 4, 1965, also at the Filmmaker’s Cinematheque.

Variously cited as Warhol's either most or least "entertaining" film, "Vinyl" is an experimental adaptation of Anthony Burgess' "A Clockwork Orange" (for which Warhol legitimately paid $3000 for rights), but unlike Kubrick's version it is a pop music extravaganza that predicted the many others that would follow, featuring songs by The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Martha and the Vandellas, The Isley Brothers, and others.

Shot by Warhol and Malanga in Sedgwick's apartment, "Poor Little Rich Girl" was conceived as a day in the life of "socialite" Sedgwick, and was at least conceptually autobiographical. IMDB's description of the story seems to sum up its intentions best: "A young, jobless woman stays in bed, reads, talks on the phone, smokes cigarettes, makes fresh coffee, and tries on some clothes from a large wardrobe."

"Vinyl" was Sedgwick's first speaking role in a Warhol film, preceded by a non-speaking part in Warhol's "Horse" (1965), and "Poor Little Rich Girl" (1965) was the first film to feature Sedgwick as the star. All were made the same year Warhol met Sedgwick, between January and June of 1965. "Vinyl" was filmed unrehearsed, and was also performed live in various stage productions.

11 x 8.5 inches. Archivally mounted in a black metal frame with wooden back brace. Near Fine.

Murphy, The Black Hole of Cinema. Warholstars.


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