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FILM SCREENINGS

  • Lupe

    1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name. An exaggerated account of Mexican actress Lupe Velez’s tragic life. Velez starred in The Gaucho (1927) with Douglas Fairbanks yet was disappointed when her career stalled at age 30. Switching from drama to comedy, her accent allowed her to be the straight foil for comedians. During a love affair, she became pregnant and the perceived shame of an illegitimate child led to her suicide; Lupe was first exhibited as a background for the band The Velvet Underground with all three reels projected as a triptych. 72 min.