Saturday, March 6, 2010

Andy Warhol on Hollywood



"People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television - you don't feel anything."
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"Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"
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"I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic."
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"It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see."
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"Sex is more exciting on the screen and between the pages than between the sheets."
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"My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person."
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"Our movies may have looked like home movies, but then our home wasn't like anybody else's."
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"Drag queens are living testimony to the way women used to want to be, the way some people still want them to be, and the way some women will actually want to be. Drags are ambulatory archives of ideal moviestar womanhood. They perform a documentary service, usually consecrating their lives to keeping the glittering alternative alive and available for (not-too-close) inspection."
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"I tried and tried when I was younger to learn something about love, and since it wasn't taught in school I turned to the movies for some clues about what love is and what to do about it."

2 comments:

Andy said...

Andy Warhol is such an icon: the hair, the clothes, and of course, the quotes, heheh

I love his magazine, Interview. I used to buy it on a regular basis back then when it was still affordable.

rex baylon said...

Yeah, i love Warhol's work. He really understood both the art of business and the business of art. If he hadn't died I bet he would have jumped on the "reality tv" bandwagon and he would have also embraced youtube's potential as a virtual art gallery for his work.