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Factory Girl [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: 17 July 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NVT0S4



Charting the story of Edie Sedgwick, the infamous muse of Andy Warhol, Factory Girl is a diverting biopic, not one without some sizeable flaws, but one with reasons to commend it.

As interesting for its portrayal of Warhol as well as Sedgwick, the film charts the latter’s involvement in the former’s life, following her descent into drug addiction and how her days took a downward turn.

Still, it’s hard to describe Factory Girl’s take on all of this as the most objective of biopics, and it’s frustrating in some ways, yet does continually retain your interest for the duration of your running time. Sienna Miller’s portrayal of Sedgwick is fine, and certainly a career best, although Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol is perhaps the most impressive among the talented cast (which also features American Beauty’s Mena Suvari and Star Wars’ Hayden Christensen).

The film around this cast is a little muddled, though, and does ask a fair amount of its audience in caring for characters who are put across with little compassion. But if you are willing to put some effort in, Factory Girl nonetheless does deliver a real glimpse into some very unconventional lives. It’ll be interesting now to see how Sienna Miller builds on the performance; she certainly helps lift this film into one that’s at least worth a viewing. --Jon Foster

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Ms. Felicia Davis-burden VINE VOICE
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars an image of the art scene of the 60's 15 Dec 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Well I loved it! 23 Feb 2008
By sam155 VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tom loves Sienna...
My brother paid 18 for this film. He lent it me. I returned the case. I bought another on here for 1p plus postage! Good film too, set in Warhols factory. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Mr Bumbandstink
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving!
The sad truth of the superficial world some people live in. Sienna Miller was great in the sad character of the main actress but some people do have very sad existence behind... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aurea
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says on the (soup) tin
Guy Pearce I love you - sienna miller on the strength of this could be the most underated actress I have never dated - ok forget me she is outstanding. Amazingly sad story. Read more
Published 10 months ago by k brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Rate Movie
I watched this film last night and am still feeling unsettled by it.
The story of Edie Sedgwick is told here with skill and but finesse, but it really shows the sadness in... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jack Frost
1.0 out of 5 stars This had no region.
I can't watch on this dvd any of my dvd players as it won't accept as there was no region an I thought at least my computer would be able to player it but no show, not very happy.
Published 14 months ago by M. R. Boa
5.0 out of 5 stars ADORE
this film. So interesting and enjoyable to watch - maybe not got the happiest of endings ever, but if you're into fashion and art of any form, you will love the costumes and sets... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ruth Leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jugglers and The Clowns
"You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all come down and did tricks for you
You never understood that it aint no... Read more
Published 15 months ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars FACTORY GIRL
Very good performance by Sienna Miller. The atmosphere of the 60's Warhol Factory is well reconstructed. Great portrayal of Warhol and other characters too. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Robert Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars In Thrall to the Seventies Svengali
Sienna Miller is pitch perfect as Edie and Guy Pearce horribly convincing as Andy Warhol in this biopic of Edie Sedgwick, one of his stable of "Superstars" whom he exploited... Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by AD Macnabb
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully made film
People who know the story of edie and warhol, should take this film with a pinch of salt, its just a very good film, mostly for entertainment purposes, the acting is quite amazing. Read more
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