The world would not have this little gem were it not for Valerie Solanas and her 1968 attempted murder of Andy Warhol and her Swiftian* SCUM Manifesto. Made in 1971 it comes across as super angry, bitchy and funny.
The plot focuses on three women (played by transgender actors) who band together to get ‘libbed’ forming P.I.G (Politically Involved Girlies). As a group they are pretty light on opinions and the ability to articulate any coherent political or feminist ideas.
There are times where it gets shrill. Lots of floppy balls and limp wiener in this one. Thanks Andy! Speaking of our boy, he acts in it, in costume, looking crazy. Also … Candy Darling could burn some film with her face and charisma.
*Can you really say that a piece of writing that calls for murdering men satire when you have in fact tried to gun down two of them for ‘controlling your life’?
Andy and Candy
“There is one thing I must tell you because I just found it to be a truth … You must always be yourself no matter what the price. It is the highest form of morality.”
Candy Darling—(November 24, 1944 – March 21, 1974) was an American actress, best known as a Warhol Superstar. A male-to-female transsexual, she starred in Andy Warhol’s films Flesh (1968) and Women in Revolt (1971), and was a muse of the protopunk band The Velvet Underground.
‘Candy Darling on Her Deathbed’, photographed by Peter Hujar, 1974.