The Trip [version 1]. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Eric Emerson. Digital 16mm film transfer. 66 min.
In his Warhol feature-film debut, Eric Emerson delivers an almost nonstop monologue on his philosophies of love, life, and work, all while stripping, painting his nails, and drinking milk. His self-confidence and sexual charisma made him a perfect personality to perform for Warhol’s camera and, like other favored Superstars, he had an innate conversational gift even when by himself on screen. Prior to filming The Trip, Warhol shot seven silent, 100-foot rolls of film featuring Emerson alone, playing with his hair, pulling off his jeans, or making out and posing with Angelina “Pepper” Davis. These rolls can be seen projected behind him as he performs.