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on October 3, 2013
Edie Sedgwick, the 60's icon and muse of Andy Warhol, gets the biopic treatment in "Factory Girl". Sienna Miller plays Edie as an assertive, bright, and effervescent young woman who moves out of Cambridge, MA and her straitlaced origins to New York City, where she quickly falls in with Andy Warhol and his "Factory". In the process, Edie becomes famous and frivolous, then disengaged, until an unfortunate drug habit and out-of-control spending habits cause her to fall out of the artsy crowd and into an assortment of drugged-out people who exploit her even more fervently. Oh, and somewhere along the way there's her chance encounter and somewhat-romance with Bob Dylan.

Miller avoids playing Edie as a simple girl who wants to be famous, and instead allows her to be intellectual, impulsive, and perhaps friendly to a fault--this makes the film a much richer experience than it would be otherwise. Warhol, by contrast, is painted as blatantly stoic and unemotive, even to the point of being amoral. Whether this is the true depiction or not, I'm not sure, but anyone familiar with the story knows it has a sad ending. Nonetheless, the film was a fascinating look at two pop-culture icons.
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on March 5, 2013
If you saw either The Doors or Basquiat, you should be familiar with the theme of a rising star broken on Andy Warhol's vampiric wheel. This movie was interesting in part because I had never heard of Edie Sedgwick, and in part because this is the first film I've seen about an artist who never achieved fame outside of her connection to Warhol, and therefore was much more about life inside the factory. Paradoxically, this may be why this one missed the fifth star for me. With the main character never really becoming her own person, her ultimate demise felt just a little anticlimactic.
That being said, I thought the acting was very good all around, and the film avoids oversimplification in at least two fairly significant ways. First, even though Andy comes off very badly, as he almost always does, he is at least portrayed as being opposed to, unhappy with, and trying to prevent Edie's (and everyone else's) drug use, albeit ineffectually. And second, one of Edie's "friends" shown in a live interview at the end of the film wringing her hands about how hard it was to help Edie is portrayed in an early scene giving tacit encouragement and a nod of approval the first time Edie tries intravenous drugs. If the interviewer had called her out on that...that would've been worth a fifth star.
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VINE VOICEon August 11, 2008
Factory Girl is a movie that weaves three major characters Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan together in a tragic, real-life drama. Movies about the lives of famous people allow us to open the door to their life-time choices and it was sad to see the trajectory of Edith Minturn Sedgwick, known by all her friends as "Edie."

Born on April 20th, 1943 to a wealthy family, Edie was the daughter of Alice Delano de Forest and Francis Minturn Sedgwick, who was a sculptor, philanthropist and rancher. Edie came from a well established family in Massachusetts, but her parents had moved to California, where she is born in Santa Barbara. Her ancestors can be traced back to her seventh grandfather, who was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

At the early age of 22, she meets Andy Warhol and begins a relationship with him, appearing in many of his movies, becoming a regular at The Factory, the studio where Warhol met with associates and friends while pursuing his endeavors. Andrew Warhol was born on August 6th, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, so when he met Edie he was in his late 30's. Andy started his career as a commercial illustrator and soon became famous for his work as a painter and his unique pop art, the name given to his 60's paintings of American products such as Campbell's Soup and Coca Cola cans.

The movie shows an insecure, troubled young woman, who involves herself in drug use which ultimately causes her demise. At some point, she meets Bob Dylan, an American song writer, author, poet and guitar player, but Andy Warhol becomes either jealous or resentful and he stops devoting his attention to Edie, who can not understand the motives behind his abandonment and loses control of herself.

The movie is well done, providing great detail into the lives of people we did not know much about, but the story of Edie Sedgwick left us saddened to see a young girl with great promise deteriorate to the point of self-destruction. Great acting.
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on May 21, 2013
Sienna Miller gives a knockout performance as troubled socialite, Edie Sedgwick. Factory Girl is what Andy Warhol used to call Edie when she was his "muse" and close friend. Edie came from a wealthy but dysfunctional family and this film explores some of those themes, and I think it's the main reason Edie had so many issues with drugs later in life. Guy Pierce plays Warhol, he also nails his role as the eccentric "pop art" icon. I felt Warhol took advantage of Edie during her most vulnerable time in her life, I'm not saying Edie was a victim, but I do think Andy was aware of Edie's emotional problems and played on them. Sienna Miller is a wonderful actress and Factory Girl is the film that put her on the map. Enjoy!
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on September 3, 2016
low cost for a bluray dvd combo. all movies should be combo packs.
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on August 10, 2008
Reshoots and delayed release dates are usually indicative of cinematic disaster. That is not the case for "Factory Girl."

This an amazing cinematic experience. Both a compelling look at the beginnings of celebrity culture and the highly personal story of a sad, lonely young woman at the center of a maelstrom beyond her control, "Factory Girl" is excellent.

Leads Sienna Miller (whose off-screen infamy sadly tends to outshadow her on-screen work) and Guy Pearce are very well-cast as Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol. The ostensible muse and poseur artist are a match made in hell, each feeding off the other until one is eaten alive by fame.

This is a rich, detailed film worthy of repeated viewings. With the exceptions of Hayden Christensen (especially disappointing considering his award-worthy work in "Shattered Glass") and Jimmy Fallon (is it possible to be less than one-dimensional? If so, Fallon has the secret), the casting could not have been better. Artful use of different film stocks helps to set the scene. The attention to detail pays enormous dividends as a powerful emotional story unfolds.

DVD extras are magnificent: an insightful biography of the real-life Edie includes commentary from dozens of survivors, Guy Pearce's video diary is an enlightening look behind the scenes, and Sienna Miller's audition tape is remarkable for the mere hint it offers of her superb work in the finished film.

For younger audiences, it's a fascinating look into the beginnings of the days when fame first became its own reward. For those who remember the 1960's, it's a pitch-perfect flashback.
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on November 30, 2013
Hard to say I love something that was so intensely sad. It did cause me to research Edie and Andy and sure enough, she was a beauty; but, whether Andy was as f'd up as he's made out to be, is probably disputed. Yeah, he's weird; but, that doesn't always mean someone is cruel and in this movie, he was cruel to her...or maybe he was just an incapable psychopath.
I thought about this movie for a couple of days, but it made me sad. For interesting/fascinating, it's 5 stars...but the sadness it left me w/, I just call it 'ok'.
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on June 3, 2009
Factory Girl was called by the Village Voice "Edie for Dummies." While not the first fictional attempt to show the Factory days of Warhol (see such films as The Doors and Basquiat), it presents what will become a standard historical (hysterical?) take on what happened there. Sienna Miller is okay as Edie, though where's the scar the real Edie had between her eyebrows? It showed that she was physically as well as psychologically damaged. I am also taken back by the way Dylan was treated, or should I say "Musician"? Edie's brother claims that Edie aborted Dylan's baby, but there's no evidence that's true. Her affair was with Bob Neuwirth. And when Edie did Ciao Manhattan, the rambling, horrifying audio tapes she made about her life mention no abortion. She did have an abortion when she was 20, long before any of this. Altogether, Factory Girl doesn't really tell us very much, but it does give us a picture of that life.
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on September 1, 2010
I bought this film because I wanted to discover the truth behind what happened to the ill-fated, poor-little-rich-girl Edie Sedgwick, to learn more about artist Andy Warhol and their relationship. I should have read books about their lives instead. I am that disappointed in this movie...

Factory Girl (Unrated) is the true story about an art student, Edie Sedgwick, who captures the interest of famous artist Andy Warhol when he's first "stocking" his infamous Studio--known as "The Factory"--with a wild, self-indulgent entourage of "hangers-on" who dote on the man and the New York art scene. Although Edie is a blue-blood from an important family, there are dark family secrets from which she's trying to escape. With her beauty, charm and independent spirit, Andy sees in her something he can exploit and stars her in some underground movies. The two are a hit, they become best friends and Edie's suddenly a New York City favorite. Pretty heady stuff for a girl like Edie; exposure to the wild crowd at the "Factory" soon leads to her use of drugs.

Already on a path to destruction, Edie's real downfall is when she has an affair with "The Musician" and Andy becomes jealous and starts to shun her. She's devastated by the loss of her "best friend," so she gives up her new friend, but by then it's too late: Andy has already written her off. Estranged from her family and without Andy to bolster her, she delves deeper into drugs and soon goes through her trust fund. She has nowhere to go but down...

This is a sad story about a sad woman that Warhol tries to help--but does he try hard enough? Anyway, he's into self-survival and is smart enough to realize he can't give money to a drug addict. So he, like everyone else, ultimately lets Edie down.

Factory Girl (Unrated) is a well-done film, but a bit too fast-paced to allow for deep character development. Sienna Miller is good in the role of Edie because she's talented and bears a striking resemblance to the tragic woman, but she never lets us see the "real" Edie. Hayden Christensen put in a good performance as Billy Quinn, but Guy Pearce steals the show! His clever characterization of Andy Warhol is fascinating; he skillfully hides his neuroses beneath a seemingly bland facade of indifference.

The movie's strong points are:
1. Pearce's portrayal of Andy Warhol.
2. Miller's stunning good looks.
3. Accurate depiction of the Sixties era.
4. Good photography.

The weak points are:
1. It seems to attempt to paint Warhol as the cause of Sedgwick's downfall, but fails in that regard.
2. It veers from the truth. (For more accuracy, might I recommend two books that another reviewer recommended: Edie: American Girl and Factory Made: Warhol and the Sixties

Due to nudity, sex scenes and other "unacceptable" behavior, I do not recommended this version (Sexy, Uncut, Unrated) for anyone below the age of twenty-one (or even thirty, IMO).

Reviewed by Betty Dravis, September 1, 2010
Author of "Dream Reachers" (with Chase Von) and other books
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