This Andy Warhol production finds Joe Dallesandro as Joe, a lice-ridden impotent junkie who lives with Holly (Holly Woodlawn) in a Lower East Side slum in New York. Holly is a transvestite who spends time collecting trash, going to the Fillmore East, and cruising for sex. Joe is only interested in his next fix, and graphic displays of needles piercing flesh and degrading human situations deglamorize drug use better than any board of education film or public service messages. Jane (Jane Forth) is the acid casualty housewife who listens to Pink Floyd. Male and female nudity and masturbation are featured. The color process is not credited, but technical aspects are better overall than most previous Warhol productions. Woodlawn was the inspiration for the Lou Reed song “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.” —All Movie Guide
Paul Morrissey (born February 23, 1938, New York City) is an American film director, best-known for his association with Andy Warhol.
Morrissey attended Ampleforth College and Fordham University, both Roman Catholic schools, and later served in the United States Army. A political conservative and self-described “right-winger”, who has publicly protested against what he perceives as immorality and “anti-Catholicism”, Morrissey’s long-term collaboration with the low-keyed, apparently apolitical Warhol was viewed by many as “a successful mismatch”, although both men did share some traits, i.e. both were practising Catholics from “ethnic” backgrounds (Warhol was of Slovakian descent and Morrissey is of Irish descent).
Morrissey’s bold, avant-garde direction in filmmaking is often attributed to his relationship with Warhol and The Factory, although Morrissey claimed in his memoir, Factory Days, that this is not the case. —Wikipedia