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Warhol was a prodigiously creative individual. He didn't only transform painting; he also pioneered new forms in film, making his first black-and-white film, called Sleep, in 1963. Lasting for six hours, the film focuses on the poet (and Warhol's sometime lover) John Giorno asleep in his apartment. Warhol ceaselessly recorded his own life as well as the lives of those close to him, exploring a number of themes including intimacy, time and repetition.
Over the years, they have inspired many contemporary artists, including Sam Taylor-Wood, who once made an hour-long film of a sleeping David Beckham. For better or worse, Warhol's experiments in film have also been seen as the precursor to today's reality television.