Video: 'Blowjob' directed by Andy Warhol (1963)

In Andy Warhol's silent black-and-white movie, Blow Job (1963), a youth is filmed as he is apparently being given the sex act named in the title. The 35-minute film is accentuated by the paucity of expression on the actor's face: we see only his head and shoulders, rigidly framed so that all offscreen space has to be imagined, or avoided. Sometimes the young actor looks bored, sometimes as if he is thinking, sometimes as if he is aware of the camera, sometimes as if he is not. Like the protagonists of other Warhol films, he is apparently left to his own devices.

The person getting the blow job in Andy Warhol's film of the same name was DeVerne Bookwalter who had earlier appeared in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Macbeth in the summer of 1963. Warhol also filmed a Screen Test of Bookwalter in 1963 which was part of The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys - a film compilation of Screen Tests that was shown privately at the Factory. According to Callie Angell in Andy Warhol Screen Tests: The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, "the only references to a public showing of The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys mention a screening at the New Yorker Theatre on December 7, 1964, when Film Culture magazine presented its Sixth Independent Film Award to Warhol."

In a lecture given at the ICA in London in 2002, Gerard Malanga identified the off screen person giving the blow job as Willard Maas. (GML) Maas was an English professor at Wagner College in Staten Island and a friend of Gerard Malanga. He had secured a fellowship for Gerard so that Malanga could attend the college beginning in October 1961. (GMW23) Maas was married to the filmmaker Marie Menken who appeared in various Warhol films including a Screen Test (1966), The Life of Juanita Castro (featuring a script by Ronald Tavel) and The Chelsea Girls. Warhol filmed Maas for a Screen Test in 1965.