Last night I watched the documentary Little Joe, about the former Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro. I really enjoyed it, it's a first person narrative, where Dallesandro narrates his life, from meeting Andy Warhol by chance to becoming one of his most famous subjects to moving beyond The Factory.
Dallesandro was a well-known underground sex symbol, starring in Warhol's films like Flesh, Trash and Lonesome Cowboys. Warhol and director Paul Morrissey often cast him in nude scenes but insisted it was "art". Another famous Morrissey used his image as a still from Flesh was used on the cover of the debut, self-titled record from The Smiths. He was immortalized in Lou Reed's hit "Walk on the Wild Side":
Little Joe never once gave it away
Everybody had to pay and pay
A hustle here and a hustle there
New York City is the place where they said
Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
I said hey Joe, take a walk on the wild side
Little Joe is screening at the Seattle International Film Festival on Saturday, June 6 at SIFF Cinema at 7:15 pm and SIFF was kind enough to give us several pairs of tickets to readers. If you want to go, e-mail us at [email protected] before 9am on Friday morning with "Little Joe" in the subject line. Dallesandro is expected to attend this screening along with director Nicole Haeusser.
I couldn't find the trailer on YouTube so here's videos to two songs that name-check Dallesandro, Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" and Briskeby (feat. Ken Stringfellow)'s "Joe Dallesandro":