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Saturday, 3 January 2009

Andy Warhol, Steven Spielberg, Bianca Jagger on a hotel bed...

More info on this short lived TV series here.

"I love television," Warhol once said. "It is the medium I'd most like to shine in. I'm really jealous of everybody who's got their own show on television. I want a show of my own." In 1979, the year he blew $40,000 on a broadcast-quality camera and employed the services of a TV professional, Don Munroe, he got one.

Called simply "Fashion," Warhol's first foray into broadcast television was a 10-part series focusing exclusively on the hollow-cheeked, high-gloss world of fashion. It was screened to a limited audience on Manhattan Cable, a New York-based public access channel that showed local sports matches and agreed to sell 30-minute slots to Warhol for around $75 a pop. According to Vincent Fremont � the show's producer and later vice president of Andy Warhol Enterprises � it was the kind of channel "where they would sometimes miss the first 10 minutes of your show if the local hockey match overran."

In one episode, Bianca Jagger interviews the 34-year-old Steven Spielberg on a hotel bed while Warhol perches on the end. Ms. Jagger coaxes some nice anecdotes out of the hotshot director "I can remember the day my father brought home a transistor and said, 'Son, this is the future.' So I put it in my mouth and swallowed it" and asks Freudian questions about his boyhood. Warhol takes a typically lighter approach. "The people in your movies are all so real," he enthuses, before spiking his praise with a rare dash of irony, "but they're good-looking, too, which is nice."

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