This is a great week for queer content on Netflix.
Produced by Ryan Murphy and directed by Andrew Rossi, the six-episode documentary series based on the posthumously published book of the same name, The Andy Warhol Diaries is a fascinating examination of the pop-art icon. Every quirk, insecurity and mystery surrounding the enigmatic personality is reflected upon by people who knew him best.
The result is a deep dive into madness, mayhem and men.
What really makes this documentary stand out, however, is the use of Warhol’s own voice as a narrative device. Through the use of an actor and an artificial intelligence program, his words are recreated (with the permission of The Andy Warhol Foundation, no less), putting a new spin on the documentary genre.
At first, it’s jarring. Then it really brings his diary to life in a way that only the person to whom he originally dictated it to over the phone could ever challenge.
Filled with insightful interviews, intimate examinations of his relationships and rare film and video recordings, The Andy Warhol Diaries sets a new standard for Netflix documentaries.
Several 15-minutes-of-fame segments at a time.
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