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Andy Makes A Movie (1968)
Dir. Robert Smith
A 22-minute film document of Warhol, Morrissey and players while they were in La Jolla shooting San Diego Surf. Joe shows up in some of the footage. Currently unavailable on video, but has made appearances at various film festivals as part of a trio of shorts collectively titled “All About Andy.”

Missing Documentary (1968)
According to reports from those who were there, a group of university students shot footage of Warhol and company while they were making Lonesome Cowboys in Old Tucson. Anybody know if this footage exists?

Andy Warhol and His Clan (1970)
Dir. Bert Koetter
Rarely seen 46-minute German documentary includes footage of Joe.

Andy Warhol (1973)
Dir. Lana Jokel
A 53-minute film by the co-editor of Heat. Though it includes footage shot at the Union Square Factory, Joe is said to appear only in film clips from Lonesome Cowboys and Trash.

Warhol (1973)
Dir. William Verity
David Bailey's controversial (at the time; largely because it was nearly banned from airing on UK television thanks to Brigid Berlin's tit art exhibition) 48-minute portrait of Warhol and the Factory includes two film clips featuring Joe from Trash
, which unfortunately contribute to the longstanding credit of Paul Morrissey's work to Andy. This faulty attribution is later somewhat balanced by an interesting glimpse (sans Joe) of Morrissey's directing style and espousal of his filmmaking philosophy. Available on DVD in the UK with a contemporary Bailey interview that references Joe (see Bailey On below).

Andy Warhol: Portrait of an Artist (1987)
Dir. Kim Evans
Made for British television, this entry in the “Portrait of An Artist” series serves as an entertaining primer on Andy. Joe appears in film clips only. Out-of-print, but still available on DVD.
    AMG--The Fantasy Factory (1990)
The first 60-minute volume in Campfire Video's series devoted to Bob Mizer's sexy, charming and even delightfully cheeky nudie films includes a 30-second snippet from Joe's posing reel. (The complete version of Joe's posedown can be found as an extra on the DVD of the documentary Beefcake, see below.)
Scenes From the Life of Andy Warhol (1990)
Dir. Jonas Mekas
Pioneer underground filmmaker and critic Mekas’ celluloid diary snippets from 1965-1982 include shots of Joe hanging out at Montauk in the early ‘70s. The 38-minute short is included on the French and Italian DVD collections of The Trilogy.
    Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)
Dir. Chuck Workman
The man famous for his lightning-edited Oscar montages spends a relative eternity (90 minutes) looking at Warhol. Joe appears in a split-screened snippet from Loves of Ondine and in stills. Available on DVD.
  Homo Promo (1991)
Ragged collection of gay-interest movie trailers from 1956-1976 that includes the post-film festival trailer for Heat. Available on DVD.

Walk on the Wild Side (1993)
Dir. James Marsh
40-minute British documentary that includes interviews with Joe and Holly Woodlawn.

Chelsea Girls with Andy Warhol 1971-1976 (1994)
Dir. Michael Auder
This 88-minute documentary has artist Auder observing Warhol at work and in private; includes a short scene in which Joe (and child) meet Viva and her daughter Alexandra outside the Factory. Thanks to Ondine Chavoya for bringing this film to our attention.

A&E Biography: Andy Warhol (1998)
Andy gets the A&E treatment, for better and worse. Joe is glimpsed only in stills.

    Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (1998)
Dir. Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Joe supports Holly Woodlawn in a reprise of their “Walk on the Wild Side” verses in this entry of PBS’ American Masters series. Most stations showed a 60 minute cut of the 76-minute film that made the festival rounds. Out-of-print, but still available on DVD.
    Andy Warhol: The True Hollywood Story (1998)
Two-hour broadcast in the E! Channel series with plenty of good stuff, including some fresh interviews. Alas, Joe isn’t even mentioned, though we do see him on a Trash one-sheet.
      Beefcake (1999)
Dir. Thom Fitzgerald
Joe is among the interviewees in this 93-minute look at the vintage years of male physique photography. Part documentary, part a re-enactment with actors, we’re keeping the film here because Joe’s participation is strictly in documentary and archival footage.

NOTE: The out-of-print and now outrageously expensive DVD edition of this film contains Joe's 5 1/2 minute posing reel from the Athletic Model Guild as the first of its extra features.
      Lou Reed - Transformer (2001)
Dir. Bob Smeaton
This 50-minute entry in the Classic Albums series examines the creation of Reed's landmark work through archival footage of the Factory and interviews with Reed, Gerard Malanga, Herbie Flowers, Mick Ronson, David Bowie, Ken Scott, Holly Woodlawn and others. Joe appears, too, in a few stills, a clip from the German doc Andy Warhol and His Clan, and in a contemporary interview in which he graciously relates that Reed based the famous Little Joe lyric in "Walk on the Wild Side" from the image the singer had culled from the Trilogy and not from the man himself. Available on DVD with approx. 30 minutes of extra footage.
    The Whole Warhol aka Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture (2002)
Produced by World of Wonder in the UK, this 3-part documentary chronicles the life, art and films of Andy Warhol. Shown in 3 one hour installments in the UK (with Joe appearing briefly in episode 2), it was abridged to a 2-hour version entitled Andy Warhol, The Complete Picture for the Bravo! cable channel in the US. Unfortunately, the cable telecast, though it includes stills of Joe and a clip from Trash, didn't retain any of the new interview footage Joe taped for the project. The 104-minute US and UK (Pal) DVD editions come with Joe intact, though seen for less than a minute, and inaccurately introduce him as a "model-hustler" who came knocking on the Factory door because he hoped to make it to the big screen. Far from the truth, of course, it casts a shadow over some of the rest of the contextual shorthand in this "complete picture."
    A Look on the Wild Side (2002)
Dir. Mario Zonta and Walter Martyn Cabell
Mario Zonta’s 53-minute documentary opens with footage of Paul Morrissey, Holly Woodlawn and Joe Dallesandro on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in May of 2002. Thereafter, the film is composed of Zonta’s informal, off-the-cuff interviews with the three principals, interspersed with clips from the films. Fawned over by Zonta, his good friend of many years, Joe displays a mix of moods in footage from interviews shot over several months both here in the states and in Italy. “I was once very attractive,” he says of his early nude scene work. He adds, “Now I don’t take off my clothes at all...only in the dark.” Included on the Italian DVD collection of The Trilogy. More info on the La Trilogia page of the Joe-Pourri Archive.
    Superstar in A Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis (2004)
Dir. Craig Highberger
A 95-minute tribute to one of the Factory's shining stars: a poet, playwright, and personality extraordinnaire. Joe reminisces along with the likes of Paul Morrissey, Holly Woodlawn, Sylvia Miles, Harvey Fierstein, Steven Watson, Mary Woronov, Taylor Mead, Michael Musto, Jack Mitchell, and many others in this loving and outrageous celebration of the one and only Jackie. Winner Best Documentary at the Toronto Inside Out Film Festival. Narrated by Lily Tomlin. Available on DVD with book.
  Movies That Shook the World:
Pink Flamingos (2005)

Produced by World of Wonder in the UK, this is an installment in a series covering cinematic jolts through history and aired on the AMC (American Movie Classics) cable channel, a venue whose plummet from premiere film outlet ten years ago to commerical-ridden kitsch is itself something of a commentary on the subject of trash culture. Jeff Goldblum narrates a snapshot history of the infamous John Waters film and connects the dots to modern pop shock from punk rock to "reality TV" and Jackass. Joe is among the talking heads, seen here recounting his reaction to the doggie doo finale as well as describing an emerging gay liberation in New York City of the early 70s.
    Factory Days: Paul Morrissey Remembers the Sixties (2006)
Dir. Brian Chamberlain
Included as a bonus fourth DVD in the out-of-print The Paul Morrissey Collection Boxed Set from Image Entertainment, this 74-minute documentary is essentially a Paul Morrissey monologue about his career as an independent filmmaker and his unique relationship with Andy Warhol and the Factory players. Less acerbic than usual, Morrissey provides an interesting overview of the times, the place, and the people, with plenty of rare stills and archival documentary footage to engage us. Joe is glimpsed in stills from
Lonesome Cowboys, San Diego Surf, Flesh, Trash and Heat, as well as footage from Robert Smith's Andy Makes A Movie and the German doc Andy Warhol and His Clan.

  Bailey On (2006)
Dir. Luciano Chelotti
A 32-minute interview with photographer and filmmaker David Bailey included as an extra on the
UK DVD showcasing Bailey's early 1970s television portraits of Warhol, Cecil Beaton and Luchino Visconti. The single-disc box also includes a typo-ridden tiny-print transcript of Bailey's interviews with Andy and a number of Factory associates (not Joe) and admirers. Curiously, late in the DVD, interviewer Chris Roberts brings up Joe and comments: "Joe Dallesandro doesn't quite open up as much as some of the other characters. Did that worry you at all?" Bailey's response is interesting, admitting he found Joe "kind of scary" and that he "sort of had a violent soul." There's more, but it's capped with the observation that Joe "didn't really fit in. He was like a beautiful boy tagged on somehow." Joe's not opening up maybe didn't worry Bailey, but it ought to worry us. Other than two clips from Trash, Joe is nowhere to be seen or heard from in the "uncut" version of the program included here. There's an enticing glimpse of Morrissey's directorial approach and how he worked with his actors in an improvisational setting while providing structure, but Joe only appears in two film clips from Trash, a particular disappointment given Bailey's comments in a 2006 interview extra on this DVD in which he says, "There was a place about Joe that I didn't want to go." Helmut Berger fans, meanwhile, will be intrigued by that actor's testy turn when Bailey tries to question him about his private life in the Visconti episode.
    Jack Mitchell: My Life is Black and White (2006)
Dir. Craig Highberger
A 75-minute documentary look at the life and career of photographer Jack Mitchell, who captured 40 years of show business with his camera and became particularly renowned for his portraits of dancers. The film is largely (and warmly) recounted by Mitchell himself, with such guest interviewees as Edward Albee, Patti LuPone, and Ned Rorem. Of particular interest to Joe devotees, who will be very familiar with Mr. Mitchell's photographs of him (two of which are glimpsed in the film), is the story about Veronica Lake being considered by Morrissey for the Sylvia Miles role in Heat. Available at http://highbergermedia.com/DVDs.html.
  Eurocrime! - The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s (2009)
Dir. Mike Malloy
Joe joins an all-star line-up of actors and filmmakers who contributed to the violent and often physically dangerous genre, a canon deserving of another look as its cult grows thanks to DVD and streaming. The 127-minute documentary is now on DVD itself. Click on image at left.
    Little Joe (2009)
Dir. Nicole Haeusser
Premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 10, 2009, this documentary is told almost exclusively in the first person by Joe himself though a series of interviews over several years in the mid- to late 2000s. See Little Joe doc here.

Short Films

Unknown Title
Italian-made short film co-starring Stefania Casini as a witch. Joe plays the secular psychiatrist who comes to town to dispel the myth and pays with his life. Have yet to discern the fate or whereabouts of this short.

Fred Brauner Prefers Beer (1979)
Dir. Pierre Wallon

A 30-minute French-language short with Joe speaking “French-Brooklynese” as friend to the disillusioned lead and a mutual girlfriend. Languorous, but certainly of interest to Joe fans.

    Playboy's Inside/Out-- "The Diaries" (1992)
Dir. Lizzie Borden
A 13-minute installment in the popular series catches Joe out-of-shape and white as a ghost as a bored husband playing sexual games with his equally bored wife. Out-of-print, but once available on DVD in Volume 1 of the series.
    Transformer (1995)
Dir. Doug Aitken

A 7-minute short culled from footage shot by the director for his Sponge music video, featuring a brooding Joe dressed in his pinstripe suit rubbing his brow and standing around holding a camera while beautiful girls pose and chew on grass in color-saturated settings.

Happiness Is Just A Thing Called Joe (1998)
Dir. Steve Kokker

A 7-minute tribute to Joe using a creatively edited collection of scenes from various films set to the sound of Judy Garland singing the title song.


3Stories About Evil (2008)
Dir. Michael Frost

Frost's 22-minute film is composed entirely of still shots of the players, including Joe, Mink Stole, and Billy Drago. Joe appears in "The Story of Johnnie & Laurie" arc of the trio of tales scripted by Walter Reuben, first as the head of a college French department, then as a Hollywood agent. For his part, Joe said he was minimally involved, muttering a line or two while on the phone at his desk. The segment Joe appears in (for a total of 7 shots) contains no dialogue from the actors and is narrated by Kimmy Robertson. The short debuted at the Boston Underground Film Festival in March of 2008.


Music Videos/Songs

"Never Let Me Down" (1987)
David Bowie

Included in the DVD collection David Bowie: Best of Bowie (2002), this video of the album title song never saw airplay on MTV. Joe shows up at the outset as the announcer at a dance marathon calling the contestants back out onto the floor. Look closely and you’ll notice he’s wearing a black sling on his right arm and reveals a tiny pony-tail as he walks away from the microphone and the curtain rises behind him to reveal Bowie.

    "Molly (Sixteen Candles)" (1995)

The Detroit rockers wail melodically in a pseudo-paean to Molly (Ringwald?) while a moody Joe wearing a pinstripe suit and carrying a camera hangs out beside models painted in drooling make-up.
      "Joe Dallesandro " (2007)
"Joe Dallesandro" is the title (and sung refrain) of a hit song from the Norwegian pop/rock band Briskeby. It's the second single release from "Jumping on Cars," their third album. The connection to Joe may be unclear, and no images of him appear in the video, but the song also found a home over the end credits of the Little Joe documentary. The song marks the duet collaboration of lead singer Lise with Ken Stringfellow of The Posies.
    "City Lights" (2008)

Joe provides an original oration to this track from Mirror's self-titled album. The video can be found here. The band briefly talked about Joe to Side-Line Music Magazine.
    "Nightlife" (2014)
Jody Watley

Joe joins the array of friends and revelers in the video directed by Steven Willis and shot in early December of 2013 at Bryan Rabin and Adam XII present Giorgio's - A Modern Discotheque at the Standard Hotel on Sunset Blvd.
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