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Andy Warhol's 'Empire' Silent Film Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary at Empire State Building

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Jul 29, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
Andy Warhol's 'Empire' Silent Film Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary in the Lobby of the Empire State Building This Weekend Clite wishes the happiest of birthdays to one of Drella's most daring experiments. (Photo : Herve GLOAGUEN/Getty Images)

On July 25 and 26, 1964--from 8:06 p.m. to 2:42 a.m.--Andy Warhol turned his camera to the iconic Empire State Building in New York City. Those six uninterrupted hours were then stretched into an 8-hour-long silent film: Empire.

Now, the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Warhol's grand experiment.

Last Friday, the Empire State Building was illuminated with thousands of white lights for Empire, the film's, golden half-centenary.

Continuing through July 31, the film will be shown continuously in the building's Fifth Ave. lobby windows-- accompanied by images of Warhol's most famous pop art.

From the 41st floor of the Time-Life building (and the offices of the Rockefeller Foundation), Warhol and Jonas Mekas shot a film that still stands as tall as the edifice, itself.

Be sure, then, to say "Happy Birthday!" to all.

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