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Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol

THE SLEEK PAIR OF dark glasses sitting next to my computer keyboard has teeny portraits of mass murderers embedded in the sides of its plastic frame. Get it? They’re “dark” glasses, made in Austria, of all places, and available only at Moss, SoHo’s echt design store. These stark, degraded images are silkscreen-derived, off-register, generations away from whatever reality they could be said initially to represent.

Hmm. I don’t see any women in this lineup. These glasses, like so much else, would not have been possible without Andy Warhol, and wearing them, or any other pair of shades, would much improve the experience of watching I Shot Andy Warhol, a new, feature-length film about Valerie Solanas, who in 1968 plugged the artist with a Beretta and almost killed him.

Director-screenwriter Mary Harron must be given credit for a fecund idea, one that could unpack both the political promise and

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