Women in Revolt (1971)

Women in Revolt (1971)

“Men – I hate men! You – I hate you!”

Three New York women — a nymphomaniac (Holly Woodlawn), an aspiring-actress heiress (Candy Darling), and a man-hater (Jackie Curtis) — form an unhappy feminist group called the PIGs (Politically Involved Girls).

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Feminism and Women’s Issues
  • Paul Morrissey Films
  • Satires and Spoofs
  • Strong Females

Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey co-directed this tedious spoof about the women’s movement, starring three trans-females who are pretty unlikable: when allowed to improvise, they simply whine and act insufferably. Cult star Jackie Curtis, for instance, mercilessly abuses and ridicules her man-slave hippie:

… while Woodlawn mostly writhes around uncontrollably like an animal in heat, lashing out in lust at just about everyone around her.

Candy Darling is the most relatively appealing and intriguing — though she’s ultimately not interested in much more than breaking through as an actor and impersonating Kim Novak (which she’s reasonably good at).

While I’ll admit to getting weirdly caught up in the shenanigans of the protagonists in Morrissey’s earlier Flesh (1968) and Trash (1970), the appeal of this one eludes me completely.

Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:

  • Candy Darling as Candy

Must See?
Nope; you can skip this one. Listed as a Cult Movie and a Personal Recommendation in the back of Peary’s book.


One thought on “Women in Revolt (1971)

  1. Not must-see. [HALF-PASS]

    I actually tried with this one at least twice – and bailed. Warhol-related flicks often seem to gain immediate cult status, becoming ‘must-sees’ for cult enthusiasts. But the truth is film fanatics would only ‘benefit’ (if that is the word) from a choice few: things like ‘Flesh for Frankenstein’, ‘Blood for Dracula’, ‘Bad’.

    There is a certain ‘runner-up’ status that includes titles like ‘Heat’ and ‘Flesh’ – but they’re rather forgettable. Then there’s the plain-old garbage – things like ‘Chelsea Girls’ and, well… ‘WIR’.

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