Queen of China (Hanoi Hanna). 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. Scenario by Ronald Tavel. With Susan Bottomly, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, Ingrid Superstar, Mary Woronov. Digital 16mm film transfer. 66 min.
Queen of China (Hanoi Hanna), based on Ronald Tavel’s scenario, loosely refers to the real-life radio show host who broadcast antiwar propaganda to American soldiers in Vietnam. It is Mary Woronov’s showcase piece, in which she metes out physical and psychological abuse to Susan Bottomly, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, and Ingrid Superstar in a room at the Chelsea Hotel. At first, the cast tries to accurately adhere to Tavel’s scenario, but by reel two it all falls apart—the performers begin to use their real names and exhibit a sort of residual stress disorder that permeates the rest of the film.