The Life of Juanita Castro

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The Life of Juanita Castro
Life of Juanita Castro poster.jpg
Movie poster for The Life of Juanita Castro
Directed by Andy Warhol
Written by Ronald Tavel
Starring Marie Menken
Ultra Violet
Mercedes Ospina
Ronald Tavel
Distributed by Andy Warhol Films
Release dates
1965
Running time
66 mins.
Country United States
Language English

The Life of Juanita Castro (1965) is an American underground film directed by Andy Warhol, filmed in March 1965.

Plot[edit]

A playwright (Tavel) taunts a number of actresses into improvising a play on Fidel Castro and his family, at a time when the revolution was bringing back disquieting stories of executions and imprisonments and, particularly, virulent hatred and torture of homosexuals in Cuba.

Several of the play's male characters (Fidel Castro, Raul Castro, and Che Guevara) are played by women. The actresses face a camera they believe is filming them, while in fact they are being filmed by another camera placed off to one side. At times they are directed by Tavel to perform pointless acts in unison. According to reviewer Tom Vick, the film "rewrites history as a high-camp farce," poking fun at machismo and totalitarianism.[1]

Cast[edit]

  • and as members of the Castro family: Harvey Tavel, Waldo Diaz-Balart, Ultra Violet, Jinny Bern, Amanda Sherrill, Bonny Gaer, Isadora Rose, Elizabeth Staal, and Carol Lobravico

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vick, Tom. "Life of Juanita Castro (1965)". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 

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