Kitchen was filmed in the New York City kitchen of Bud Wirtschafter, who was the soundman on several early Andy Warhol films. Warhol intended for this film to be the vehicle that would propel Edie Sedgwick into stardom; however, she spent so much time going out that she had difficulty memorizing her lines.
In spite of a script, much of Edie's performance is improvised. She rattles off an inventory of kitchen appliances, takes out her cosmetics kit and applies her ubiquitous eye makeup, and sneezes non-stop. Not only was Edie under the influence of drugs while making Kitchen, she also had a bad cold that further limited her already compromised attention span. It is not until the arrival of camp queen Electrah that Edie is seen to perk up.
Edie is able to relate to Electrah, as the two share a highly artificial approach to their own identities and public personas. The film spirals into a directionless narrative after Edie burns her hand on the stove.
The odd cast of characters offers various remedies on how to deal with the burn. At this point, the actors believe they are no longer on camera and make no effort to perform.
67 minutes. 16mm film preserved by The Museum of Modern Art. Copyright The Andy Warhol Museum, a museum of Carnegie Institute. ©2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.
Image credit: Andy Warhol, Kitchen, 1965, 16mm film, black and white, sound, 66 minutes, ©2012 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved.