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L' Amour

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L'Amour was the Factory's attempt at a more professional, commercial film. It had a budget, financed by a group of art collectors put together by FRED HUGHES, a script (which the investors insisted on before they handed over any money), legal contracts, and a partially professional cast, including MICHAEL SKLAR and French actor MAX DELYS (a rising star in Italy), as well as Warhol superstars JANE FORTH and DONNA JORDAN - playing American models who were gold-digging in Paris. (BC83)

Fred Hughes attempted to assert himself creatively with L'Amour, to Andy's displeasure. (BC91) Hughes bought an apartment in Paris after the filming "and developed a Warhol coterie there that included Paloma Picasso, Eric de Rothschild, the designer Yves St. Laurent, his partner Pierre Berge and assistant LouLou de la Falaise... It was a world of Mercedes limousines, titles, nightlife, glamour and gossip." (LD339)

Donna Jordan, Fred Hughes and Jane Forth

Donna Jordan, Fred Hughes & Jane Forth
New York 1970
(photo: Timm Rautert)

Victor Bockris:

"L'Amour was conceived as a vehicle for Jane Forth, who played an American innocent abroad, complaining in one memorable scene in front of the Eiffel Tower, 'I miss New York. I miss Channel 5. I miss WPIX, I miss Channel 7. I miss Channel 11. I miss Channel 4.' Completed in three weeks, the film co-starred Patti D'Arbanville, Michael Sklar and Donna Jordan, a Jane Forth look-alike, whose 1940s outfits, accentuated by padded shoulders, wedgies and bright red lipstick, were to have impact in the fashion world when Yves St. Laurent made them is 1971 look." (LD339)

Fred Hughes had arranged to film part of L'Amour in Karl Lagerfield's apartment. Another apartment that was used belonged to a friend of Brigid Berlin. Fred Hughes had worked in Paris for Warhol's old art dealer Iolas in the mid-sixties and had a lot of connections there.

Andy's 'boyfriend' Jed Johnson started operating the camera in L'Amour. According to Jed, "Andy really liked Paris. He was more accepted in society there than he was in New York, and he loved that. It was glamorous. An artist was more important to the Europeans and he was very well liked by everyone." (Ibid)

The May 1972 issue of Interview magazine featured one of the stars of L'Amour - Donna Jordan.

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