a selection of these screen tests that can be found online are at the bottom of this post.
Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests are a series of silent film portraits consisting of several-minute unbroken shots of Factory regulars, Warhol superstars, celebrities, guests, friends, or anyone he thought had “star potential”.
]The films were made between 1964 and 1966 at Warhol’s Factory studio in New York City. Subjects were captured in stark relief by a strong key light, and filmed by Warhol with his stationary 16mm Bolex camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film at 24 frames per second. The resulting two-and-a-half-minute film reels were then screened in ‘slow motion’ at 16 frames per second.
Many of the Screen Tests were arranged in different compilations such as 13 Most Beautiful Women, 13 Most Beautiful Boys, and 50 Fantastics and 50 Personalities. This was done with the intention of pleasing certain audiences who Warhol was exhibiting his art to.
Warhol’s Screen Tests, which number approximately 500, are revealing portraits of hundreds of different individuals, shot between 1964 and 1966. The subjects are both regulars of the Factory scene and new visitors—both famous and anonymous. They were all asked to pose to be captured by Warhol’s stationary 16mm Bolex movie camera on silent, black and white, 100-foot rolls of film. Each screen test was exactly the same length, lasting only as long as the roll of film, about 2 ¾ minutes. The resulting films were projected in slow motion so that each lasted approximately four minutes. For exhibition, Warhol strung the Screen Tests together in a sequence, inducing an almost hypnotic reverie that could “help the audiences get more acquainted with themselves,” as he once said.
Although these film portraits were referred to by the Hollywood term of “screen test,” none of them appear to have been used for the purpose of actually testing or auditioning prospective actors. Many were included in compilation films such as the flatteringly-titled 13 Most Beautiful Women, 13 Most Beautiful Boys, and 50 Fantastics and 50 Personalities, which were projected in different versions each time they were screened, depending on who was in the audience or who Warhol wanted to please. Ultimately, Warhol left 89 reels of film marked “13” — 42 Screen Tests of 35 different men and 47 Screen Tests of 30 different women.
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Edie Sedgewick screen test 1964
Helmet screen test
Jackie screen test 1967
Goldi screen test 1967
Tussi screen test
Helena screen test
Marcel Duchamp screen test
Bob Dylan screen test 1965 (audio added: Dean and Britta. Play mute)
Lou Reed screen test 1966 (audio added)
Nico screen test (audio added)
Susan Bottomly screen test (audio added)
Richard Rheem screen test (audio added)
Ann The Girl Who Cries a Tear screen test (audio added)
Freddy Herko screen test (audio added)
Baby Jane Holzer screen test (audio added)
Paul America screen test (audio added)
Dennis Hopper screen test (audio added)
Dali screen test (excerpt)