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3.5
178 Ratings

Vinyl

Directed by Andy Warhol
United States, 1965
Avant-Garde

Synopsis

Hedonistic socializing, minimalist musical sequences, casual S/M, and drawn-out set pieces are used to tell how a young hoodlum named Victor who is betrayed to the police by his sidekick Scum Baby. After being rehabilitated/tortured by The Doctor, he becomes a useful member of society.

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Vinyl Directed by Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol’s Vinyl (1965) remains notable for many reasons—its still-striking presentation of gay male S&M practice; its oft-forgotten status as the first cinematic adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange, besting Stanley Kubrick’s version by six years—but its unsettling power can be most directly located in how it engages with (and slowly blurs) two key elements of the cinematic frame…
April 06, 2015
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…Warhol creates something like euphoria within an apathetic void. Clockwork may not seem like the most obvious choice for Warhol’s sole literary adaption (One of Richard Brautigan’s quasi-novels would have seemed more a propos); but on further reflection Warhol’s aesthetic mingles quite provocatively with Burgess’ parable of free choice amidst social oppression. In spite of the restrictions both formal and ideological, Warhol displays a gifted pictorial sense throughout the film.
April 21, 2011
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Nailing his camera down in a corner of the Factory and letting the film run out, Andy Warhol is nothing less than cinema’s Lautréamont, “on boit le sang en léchant les blessures.” Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange is the text at hand, not an enactment or even a read-through but an improvisatory distillate, an instantaneous record of a batch of amphetamine kooks making the words flesh.
January 01, 2010
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