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The Andy Warhol Diaries

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Captivating pop-artist docu has lots of nudity, sex, drugs.

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This intimate docuseries is an experimental blend of art and journalism that gives us perhaps the fullest picture yet of who Andy Warhol really was -- while inspiring more questions too. His was a cagey kind of personality, his public facade imbued with a cool reserve that made him seem semi-robotic. Indeed, he often said he wished he could be a machine, which the filmmakers honor with their unique approach to telling Warhol's story. Blending an AI text-to-speech algorithm and diary line readings by actor Bill Irwin to re-create Andy Warhol's voice as closely as possible, the series allows the artist to tell his own story (in a fashion). This is a risky move that could have backfired spectacularly -- but it works.

Working with the Andy Warhol Foundation, the series shows never-before-seen Super 8 footage, poetry, correspondence, and other media that paint a more vulnerable and raw portrait of the artist than we're used to seeing. Combined with present-day reflections from some of his closest colleagues and friends of the era, The Andy Warhol Diaries goes a long way toward helping to humanize Warhol, fleshing out his personal story while reminding us why and how his influence as an artist has lasted to this day.

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