“ Genre: Drama / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Suitable for 15 years and over / Director: George Hickenlooper / Actors: Guy Pearce, Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Jimmy Fallon, Peter Bogdanovich ... / DVD released 2007-09-10 at Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) / Features of the DVD: PAL „
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No matter how many times I watch this film over and over again, the one question I will always ask myself.
'Why was Sienna Miller not nominated for an Oscar for this film?' I mean, this is probably one of Sienna's most underrated performances, she should had been given more credit for this film!
But when I first watched this film, I looked at, and judged it like a book cover (not going to lie!) and thought it was going to be a boring film, but to my surprise this is one of the best films I have seen considering I am not a fan of Edie Sedgwick or Andy Warhol. So, some films turn out better than they are made to be.
Director: George Hickenlooper
Release date: 2007
Certificate : 15 (contains strong language, nudity, sex and use of drugs)
Running time: 100 mins (one hour and 40 minutes)
Factory Girl is based on real life events and real life people. New York in the 1960s. The story is based on the high life of Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) and her fame of becoming one of Warhol's superstars. (Andy Warhol played by Guy Pearce) almost overnight becomes a star and how everyone seems to love her. How amazing and high Edie's life may seem at this point in moment of time, like most things, it does not last forever, and as an audience we also get to her downfall and her final days, especially struggling with finance (almost coming to the point where she could become bankrupt) and work (how difficult it is for her, considering she comes from a wealthy family) due to her strong drug use and how her relationship with Warhol has actually made her in the position she is in. Is Warhol to blame or does Edie only have herself to blame? A quirky, fashionable film full of great acting from all actors, if you love new york, or want memories from the 1960s, this film is a must-see!
Edie Sedgwick - Sienna Miller
Andy Warhol - Guy Pearce
Cast also includes : Hayden Christensen, Mena Suvari, Jimmy Fallon and Mary-Kate Olsen
I love how I have gone from not being interested in this film to actually liking this film, also as I am a quirky and fashionable person, this was a film to have on my DVD shelf. Like I said at the beginning I wish Sienna had been given more credit for this film, and film critics recognized her for her work like this, and not think that she's not just any old, plain actress because she isn't, she is a actress we all have to look out for and we will hopefully see her in more films like this in the near future!
Factory Girl is a feast for all the senses. It is an incredibly moving and powerful story of relationships between lovers and friends and all those relationships which are blurred in between but it will also have your toes tapping along to the 60s music and your eyes revelling in the 60s fashions.
Factory Girl is the real-life tale of It Girl Edie Sedgwick who was a major celebrity in her day just for being her glamorous self but she also dabbled in acting. She became the muse of artist Andy Warhol but her traumatic past of abuse from her father and her drug taking eventually gets the better of her. She died while only in her 30s.
Actress Sienna Miller plays the part of Edie Sedgwick and she manages to carry the film extremely well. She is by no means the greatest talent Hollywood has to offer but on watching the DVD extras which include a look at the life of the real Edie Sedgwick including clips of her talking to the camera you can see that physically Sienna Miller and Edie Sedgwick share a striking resemblance and Sienna Miller has captured the voice and mannerisms of Edie Sedgwick to a tee.
Sienna Miller does not completely relax into the part and become Edie. The acting doesn't just flow out of her as it does with actors at the top of their craft. As a viewer you are always slightly on edge and can see Sienna Miller thinking about her next move - I guess I mean her acting style is a little too contrived, but what does come across is her real desire to do justice to this role and the affinity she shares with Edie Sedgwick. Sienna Miller's acting is often overshadowed by her fashion sense and which man she is dating and it was the same for Edie Sedgwick.
Her relationship with Andy Warhol - which I must stress was platonic but at the same time highly dependant - was what really rose her to stardom.
But what struck me about Factory Girl is just how close Edie Sedgwick kept coming to being saved from herself. She fell for Bob Dylan at one point and he had very strong feelings for her. If she had left Andy Warhol and his dysfunctional friends behind and made a life with Bob Dylan, played by Hayden Christensen incidentally, who again bears a striking resemblance to Bob Dylan which you only realise when watching this film, she could have had a happy ever after ending, or at least you would hope that for her.
Every time she became clean of drugs she would be reeled back in by the Factory, which was what the warehouse where Andy Warhol and his cronies hung out was called - hence why the film is called Factory Girl.
I enjoyed the way the film was shot. It managed to capture an authentic, shaky lens kind of 60s vibe which really transports the viewer back to that decade.
The costumes are incredible and the film is worth watching for that. I completely coveted Edie's wardrobe and her ear-rings and it has become a huge inspiration on what I wear. It has awakened my inner sixties child.
The soundtrack of the film is also highly effective in bringing the period alive but also in bridging the gap between scenes and time moving on. For example, Edie Sedgwick starts out as a far more dowdy art student. Her transformation to the glamour person we know her as is portrayed in the film to music which sees snap shots of her hair being cut outside and being cast out on the wind, her changing her clothes and literally cartwheeling through the transition, to leave her at the crescendo of the song sitting on the sofa, fully glammed up, the centre of attention.
The drug taking scenes are all set to music, with blurry lenses and strobe effect lighting. While the darker scenes when Edie is completely down on her luck are set in dingy rooms with dark lighting and sombre backdrops.
Guy Pearce, of neighbours fame, completely morphs into Andy Warhol which is not what I expected from him. I thought how would a soap actor play the part of such a significant and well profiled artist, but Guy Pearce managed to make the viewer like and despise and pity and loath Andy Warhol all at once. He is at the same time the centre pin of the Factory but also the most vulnerable. He is still very much a little boy and all this is portrayed by Guy Pearce.
This film is not one to watch with the children. As I have mentioned there are drug taking scenes, there is gratuitous nudity, which is there to suggest the free and alternative nature of those at the factory, and some very explicit sex scenes. If I say there was a rumour after the film was made that the sex scene between Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen was real you will get the picture.
But I have to say all in all I thoroughly enjoyed this film on first viewing and have watched it several times since. It is always tricky trying to do a biopic of anyone's life but in this film the actors really do morph into their characters.
No one else could have played Edie Sedgwick quite like Sienna Miller did and you will be greatly moved at how Edie was treated and how it all ended for her. If nothing else it is worth viewing for the clothes and the music.
Factory girl is a 2006 biography/drama movie based on the life of the falling star Edie Sedgwick, who was a beautiful socialite in the 60's who formed with Andy Warhol. The movie gives a fascinating insight on her rise and fall. Edies brother was involved in the making of the movie so it's from a more accurate point of view.
Edie (Sienna Miller) is from a privileged back ground who had a passion for drawing, studying art in Cambridge. She goes to an art event in New York and gets introduced to pop artist Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) He becomes fascinated with Edie and is captivated by her beauty. He is intrigued by her and invites her to star in one of his 'underground movies' filmed in his factory, where he makes a mockery out of her and mentally destroys her. The Factory is where they make unique movies and is their hangout place with the 'eccentrics' that smoke, drink and drug use. Edie meets Billy a well known musician (Who is meant to be Bob Dylan but he threatened to sue if his name was used!) who she falls head over heels in love with. Andy gets bitterly jealous and feels threatened because Edie is his muse. Andy leaves her with nothing, he refuses to pay her for starring in his movies and Edie is left in serious debt and is in a chaotic mess. Her whole life is a car crash and is destined for disaster, her father refuses to wipe up her mess and she is left drug taking, poor and is confused about where her life is heading.
This movie gave a complete insight on Edie Sedgwick, I'm a big fan of her and love her fashion sense and uniqueness but I wasn't fully aware of her story, she was vulnarable girl who knew her life was going to end early. People think Andy was the reason for her success but she was really talented and Andy couldn't stand it. The movie shows Edie in a positive light so people can understand her. It shows her relationship with Bob Dylan, I think he was being a bit uptight when he threatened to sue if his name was mentioned.
Sienna played Edie amazingly, they could not have chosen anyone more suited for the part. She comes from a rich family like Edie, and the two have many similarities. Sienna proves her talent, she prepares for the role by losing weight (because Edie suffered with anorexia) which shows commitment and proves she was serious about the role. I was actually suprised at how much she looked like Edie in the movie and got into character well and perfected Edies voice and troubled personality.
Guy Pearce also perfected the role of Andy, he nailed Andy's intriguingly bland personality. The make up and costumes in this movie were absolutely amazing because Guy looked the double of Andy too.
Hayden Christian was only in parts of the movie but his performance for me was a little embarrassing, it seemed he would be better suited for starring in Twilight rather than portraying Bob Dylan, he looked nothing like him and was more of a pretty boy.
This was a rather superficial movie and they could not show Edie's life in a better light, it drew you in immediately. This is not Avatar so no, theres no in your face special effects, this movie is not about special effects, it's kept simple but yet unique. I loved how retro the movie is and wish I was alive in the 60's, in this movie it looks like an interesting time. I loved the care-free nature of the eccentrics. This movie has a few emotional scenes, it's bound to as it's the crash and burn of Edie's life. It will leave you detesting Andy Warhol, he really was a sad, lonely heartless freak. He has a cruel hold over Edie, he knows she's in debt, he doesn't pay her to star in movies yet he hints for her to buy him things.
I found it a little heartwrenching when messed-up Edie meets her old friend from Cambridge, he has an old photo of Edie before she was destroyed by Andy and asks ''Do you remember that girl?'' and tells her she can be her again.
If you are a fan of Edie Sedgwick or superfical retro movies then look no further, otherwise it might not be for you. There's a bit of nudity and a few offensive scenes so it's rated 15.
Poor old Sienna, she does get a bit of stick in the media - but for all you critics who think that she is talentless and purely famous for her choice in fiancés, I recommend that you watch this!
The film is based on the life of Edie Sedgwick - one of the first 'it' girls who lived their lives on trust funds and drugs. Sedgwick (played by Miller) begins her fame hungry life in the 1960s, where she meets Andy Warhol (superbly played by Guy Pearce - yes the chap from Neighbours!!!). Warhol introduces her to the indulgent, drug-induced and fame hungry life style at his studio - referred to as 'the factory'. Warhol promises to make Sedgwick a star, and leads her on a dangerous, and self destructive path of fear, drugs and illusions.
Miller portrays Sedgwick magnificently, showing the shallow greed within high society familes, and the ease the Sedgwick family rejected their daughter Edie. Both Miller and Pearce give phenomenal performances, even when looking at filmed interviews with the real Warhol, the resemblance is uncanny!
Miller puts in the performance of a lifetime! Without spoiling the film, the tragic circumstances Sedgwick falls into is heart rendering. I believe that Sedgwick's brother had a lot to do with the making of the film, so the portryal of Sedgwick is apparently very true to life.