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  • Actors: Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Illeana Douglas, Mena Suvari, Edward Herrmann
  • Directors: George Hickenlooper
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Italian, English
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Moviemax
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KY0YC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 470,539 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE on 15 Sep 2007
Format: DVD
This film had been given unprecidented lousy write-ups before it even appeared. Certain musical icons had bees in their bonnets and may have even taken legal action to prevent their likenesses being portrayed and their reputations taking a little dent. This has resulted in the biopic of Edie Sedgwick having more than a few telling ommissions. A pity.

The 'Factory' environment has been brilliantly recreated and peopled with Warhol cohorts (some of whom were active participants in the film's making) such as Bridget Polk, Richie Berlin, Ondine and Gerrard Malanga. I wanted to see how the other assorted 'Factory' women reacted to Edie's presence. Where were Maureen Tucker, Viva, Candy Darling and Betsey Johnson? (who would use Edie as her first major model and would briefly marry John Cale). I was glad to see Ingrid Superstar (an uglier Edie) do her fabulously inept screentest but feature a flawless Edie impersonation. A telling moment and brilliantly turned.

Edie was an active participant herself in the film 'Ciao Manhattan', when work was resumed in 1970; the film obviously was mined for visual reference in 'Factory Girl', but not mentioned while tracing Edie's life.

Despite these criticisms, I actually think the film is a great acheivement. Edie's clothes and make-up are beautifully recreated. The film also features the most believable portrayal yet of Andy Warhol. Guy Pearce has Warhol's voice and mannerisms down pat. The Andy-Edie symbiosis is brought to life colourfully and with great wit. Andy's religious nature is touched on, as is Edie's painful relationship with her father.

A brave and enjoyable film.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cathy earnshaw on 18 Nov 2007
Format: DVD
Factory Girl is the story of the comet-like rise and fall of Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller), an elfin Sixties society girl who briefly found fame (or infamy) as part of Andy Warhol's New York clique and who died of a barbiturate overdose at the tragically young age of 28. The root causes of her self-destructive behaviour are hinted at: her aggressive father, Fuzzy (James Naughton), who may have sexually abused her as a child, a brother who committed suicide at Silver Hill, a rehabilitation facility to which his father had sent him, and rich parents who seem to have been only financially, rather than emotionally, available to her. But the scenes with a therapist in Santa Barbara, which frame this film, offer little more than bland pop psychology and the narrative fails to convincingly flesh out the motivating forces behind her escalating drug use and the emotional loneliness that had her, in the end, at the throat.

Edie was already well known in NY high society in January 1965 when she first met Andy Warhol (superbly played by Guy Pearce), but it is the latter who, in this version at least, makes her famous. The factory - his infamous silver-walled loft on 231 East 47th Street - seems to have provided her with a substitute family and an ersatz father, who acted with equal ambivalence towards her in the end. If he wasn't borderline autistic, Warhol was brutally emotionally detached from everything that happened around him and to him ("it's just so much easier to be detached" he says here, knowingly). Edie's unabashed openness and her immediate emotional responses to her experiences seemed to free Warhol, albeit vicariously and fleetingly, from his own highly-controlled, disturbed behaviour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Teles on 15 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
As an art teacher, having an colection of art movies help my students understand the time and place and diferent styles, this is one of them, I can also say Sienna is on her best... and Andy's work is well represented.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sam155 VINE VOICE on 23 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
Having read about Andy Warhol and his infamous factory as a student, I had some bare bones of knowledge about Edie Sedgwick's life. I had very much looked forward to seeing this film, despite its mixed reviews and I wasn't disappointed. It has authentic period touches, from an external shot of sixties NYC yellow cabs lined up outside a building, to Edie's clothes, many of which were original vintage rather than wardrobe department copies. The story is an old, old story of idealism, fame and disillusionment and ruin. Its happening right now to cetain celebrities and certainly serves as no advert for drug use. However, I will say that the story is strictly Edie-centric, so if her story doesn't interest you, then avoid, since she is in almost every frame. Sienna Miller's performance as Edie is outstanding, right down to the cultured East coast accent. She goes from stunning ingenue to haunted ghoul, without flaw. Warhol's embarrassed nonchalence makes him see only too heartless next to her histrionics, especially in the pivotel scene in the restaurant where she accuses him of ruining her. His response is to refuse to help her, and leave with his entourage. Much credit must go to Guy Pearce too, as Warhol- a superb actor who quietly gets on with his job, with little fanfare.

There are of course, instances of poetic licence plotwise, and who but Edie will ever know her true story? But its does pay graphic homage to a poor little rich girl who was a product of a unique era in time.
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