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Compelling biopic of a 60's icon
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.