Paul Morrissey – Andy Warhol Chelsea Girls Film 1966
The American film director is well known for his alliance with Andy Warhol. He had directed the first movie which had casted a transgender actress, Holly Woodlawn where the character was a woman and also a girlfriend of the lead character which was played by Joe Dallesandro in Trash.
Life and Career
He is of Irish descent, Paul Morrissey attended college at Ampleforth College and Fordham University which were both Catholic schools and he later went to serve his nation as he joined the Army. He was politically very conservative and had always described himself as “right-winger”. Immorality was a cause which always had him want to publicly protest. He had a long-term collaboration with Warhol was not considered as a good match.
Paul’s bold and different way of film was often said to have been because of his relationship with Warhol and The Factory but he never accepted that when he wrote his memoir The Factory days.
All Aboard the Dreamland Choo-Choo (1964): It was a short movie for 14 minutes which was directed by Paul Morrissey. The Lead actor was Richard Toelk. The movie was released in the year 1964 in the United States.
About Face (short) (1964): This was a 5-minute color short film directed by Paul starring Karen Holzer.
Like Sleep: This was also a short movie directed by Paul in the year 1965.
Chesea Girls (1966): It was an underground experimental film by Andy Warhol and Paul. The story was about the hotel and the inhabitants who appear in the film.
The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound (1966): It is a film showcasing the rehearsals of the Velvet Underground and Nico.
I, a Man: Was released in the year 1967. It was an erotic drama film which had Paul’s involvement. The casts were Tom Baker & Nico.
San Diego Surf (1968): This movie was a joint venture with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey. The movie was stopped because Warhol was shot by Valerie Solanas. This was then completed by Paul based on Warhol’s notes. The film starred Viva, Taylor Mead.
The Loves of Ondine: This movie was released in the year 1968.
Flesh (1968): This 1968 film was directed by Paul Morrissey and had the main lead actor Joe Dallesandro working as a hustler in New York. This movie had Jack Curtis and Candy Darling in their debut roles. It is the first film in the trilogy Paul had made.
Lonesome Cowboys: The film was written by Paul and was directed by Andy Warhol in the year 1968. It was only shown initially at New Andy Warhol Garrick Theatre. This movie was a satirical movie. It won the San Francisco International Film award the same year. The movie was shot at a budget of $3,000. The story line is loosely based on Romeo and Juliet.
Trash: This film was made in the year 1970 which was written and directed by Paul Morrissey. This movie also had Joe Dallesandro as the main lead. The was actress Woodlawn first movie along with Jane Forth,
Women in Revolt: This was a satirical movie which was directed by Paul and directed by Andy Warhol in the year 1971. The film had Jackie Curtis and Candy Darling in the leads. This film was the last movie which was fully directed by Warhol. This movie features the Liberation movement of Women.
Heat: This was an American comedy drama which had the director and writer as Paul Morrissey. The producer of the movie was Warhol and the cast of the film had Joe Dallesandro and Andrea Feldman.
Flesh for Frankenstein: The horror movie was made in the year 1973 and was written and directed by Paul. The movie casted Joe Dallesandro and Monique Van Vooren.
Blood for Dracula: This once again a horror movie by Paul starring Udo Kier, Joe Dalle Sandro. The story was about Count Dracula not able to find Virgin to feed on, as there were no virgins in Italy.
The Hound of the Baskervilles: This 1978 film was a British comedy film. It was a spoof made on the original novel, The Hound of Baskervilles.
Mixed Blood: This movie was a debut movie for John Leguizamo. It was released in 1985. The story rotates around some kids attempting to take control of New York’s Drug trade.
Spike of Bensonhurst: This American comedy drama was released in 1988 which was directed by Paul and had Sasha Mitchell as the lead star along with Ernest Borgnine, Maria Pitillo and Talisa Soto.