Vinyl. 1965. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. Screenplay by Ronald Tavel, based on the novel A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. With Gerard Malanga, Ondine, Edie Sedgwick. 16mm. 70 min.
Warhol’s unrehearsed, very loose take on A Clockwork Orange, straight from the heart of New York’s mid-1960 underground filmmaking scene, couldn’t be less like the adaptation Stanley Kubrick released seven years later. Among Warhol’s most iconic works, Vinyl’s mixture of hedonistic socializing, minimalist musical sequences, casual S/M, and drawn-out set pieces can be seen to have influenced Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the 1980s No Wave filmmakers, like Anders Grafstrom and Michael Oblowitz, who followed. Factory superstar Ondine presented this film at a screening hosted by Lisa Baumgardner under the aegis of Baumgardner’s punk-feminist zine Bikini Girl.