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Factory Girl [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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 latters involvement in the formers life, following her descent into drug addiction and how her days took a downward turn.
Still, its hard to describe Factory Girls take on all of this as the most objective of biopics, and its frustrating in some ways, yet does continually retain your interest for the duration of your running time. Sienna Millers 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 Beautys 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. Itll be interesting now to see how Sienna Miller builds on the performance; she certainly helps lift this film into one thats at least worth a viewing. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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Not Sienna Millers biggest fan but I am very interested in that period of Warhols work. It is a great film and Millers performance is nothing short of phenomenal. Highly recommendPublished 5 months ago by T. Wood
As blu-ray films go it's a waste of time because it seems the film is delibrately grainy to reflect the period the film is set in but I only worked that out, at first thinking it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Weslake-Monza
Great movie which does not show Warhol in a particularly good light.Published 8 months ago by Thomas Schwartzenegger
Having read a lot on Warhol & The Factory, this was spot on & brilliantly acted. Best movie I've seen in a while.Published 10 months ago by Lorelei
Really enjoyed the film.. very easy to follow and the screen shots are good. A gentle introduction to some of the antics the 60's superstar got up to.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer