Viva (born Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann on August 23 1938 in Syracuse, New York) is an actress, writer and a former Warhol superstar.
She was born into a liberal democratic chaotic Catholic family in Syracuse, New York. She was given the name Viva by Andy Warhol before the release of her first film with him but later used her married last name (Viva Auder). She appeared in several of Warhol's movies and was a frequent guest at The Factory. After Viva began making movies for other directors she also began writing. Her first book, Superstar, was an insider's look at the Factory scene, a partly fictional autobiographical account of her time there.
It was distinguished from other "tell-all" memoirs by virtue of Viva's writing, which incorporated various stylistic effects, including the use of taped conversations, arguably one of the first times such a technique had been used in a novel. She also wrote for various publications, including The Village Voice.
With her husband Michel Auder,...
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The Man Without a Face is a 1993 drama starring and directed by Mel Gibson. The movie is based on Isabelle Holland's 1972 novel. Most critics were impressed with what was Gibson's directing debut, but noted that the book's criticism of homophobia had been obscured in the film version.The film takes place in the turbulent era of the late 1960s where Justin McLeod (Gibson) has been living the life of a recluse painter for seven years, after being in a car accident that disfigured him, killed one of his students and ended his teaching career. However, a young boy named Chuck needs a tutor to help him pass the exams required for entrance into a military academy, and hence he eventually is able to persuade McLeod to become his teacher and in a larger sense his role model.However, Chuck keeps his daily meetings with McLeod a secret, to avoid the scorn of being associated with a disfigured man with a past shrouded in mystery. When his mother learns that he has been visiting this man, she and...,
Forbidden Zone is a 1980 black-and-white cult film co-written and directed by Richard Elfman, the older brother of Danny Elfman (who composed the film's score, performed by the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo). The film was made as an attempt to capture the essence of the stage group's live shows on film. It received little notice when it was originally released, and attacked by some who found it offensive. However, the film has since gained a cult following. The film was released on VHS in the late 1980s and on DVD by Fantoma in 2004 for Region 1 viewers, and in 2006 for Region 2 by Arrow Film Distributors Ltd.The film begins on "Friday, April 17" at 4 P.M. in Venice, California. Huckleberry P. Jones, local pimp, narcotics peddler, and slumlord, enters a vacant house that he owns. While stashing heroin in the basement, he stumbles upon a mysterious door, and enters it, falling into the Sixth Dimension, which he promptly escapes. After retrieving the heroin, he sells the house to...,
Blue Movie (1969), a.k.a. Fuck, is a film by Andy Warhol starring Viva and Louis Waldon.
Warhol describes the film, "in October '68 I shot a movie of Viva having sex with Louis Waldon. I called it just Fuck." While it is true that the movie does involve sexual intercourse, this is framed by dialog about the Vietnam War and various mundane tasks.
While initially shown at The Factory, it was not shown to a wider audience at the Warhol Garrick Theatre until 1969. On July 31, the staff of the theater was arrested, and the film confiscated. The manager was eventually fined $250.00.
Lonesome Cowboys is a raunchy pseudo-Western film about horny cowboys, directed by Andy Warhol. A spoof on Hollywood Westerns, Lonesome Cowboys featured Warhol "superstars" Viva, Taylor Mead, Eric Emerson and Joe Dallesandro. According to a review on the Internet Movie Database, "Viva's langorous seduction of the most innocent-looking among the cowboys is actually a satirical comment on sexual artifice."
The film was shot in Arizona in the summer of 1968 under unpromising conditions when two of the proposed stars, Ondine and Ultra Violet (Isabelle Collin Dufresne), never showed up for the shooting. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe of the film to ascertain whether an actual rape had occurred onscreen. (In the film, the character played by Viva is attacked by horny cowpokes; during the shooting she yelled at Warhol to end the assault. Since Warhol always relied on improvisational acting, he insisted Viva continue. However, Viva told Warhol she quit and...
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