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Andy Warhol’s San Diego Surf

Andy Warhol, San Diego Surf, 1968/1996, 16 mm, color, sound, 90 minutes. Unidentified surfer and Tom Hompertz.

IN ANDY WARHOL AND PAT HACKETT’S POPISM (1980), there is but half a page devoted to the shooting of a movie that has come to be titled San Diego Surf (1968/1996). Warhol recounts that he, Paul Morrissey, and Viva went to Southern California on a college speaking tour and then stayed to make a surfing movie. They rented a beachfront mansion in La Jolla and a couple of nearby houses for the cast and crew. Warhol recalls:

Everybody was so happy being in La Jolla that the New York problems we usually made our movies about went away—the edge came right off everybody. I mean, it wasn’t like our going out, say, to the Hamptons to film, where it was just a day-trip extension of New York City. . . . From time to time I’d try to provoke a few fights so I could film them but everybody was too relaxed even to fight. I guess that’s why the whole thing turned out to be more of a memento of

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