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Factory Girl
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Aug 9, 2007 By: Sturdy
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Director:
George Hickenlooper

Actors:
Sienna Miller
Hayden Christensen
Guy Pearce

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
FACTORY GIRL is the life story of Edie Sedgwick, the 60ís socialite and ďitĒ girl of Andy Warhol. The film chronicles her troubled life and shows the many influences that contributed to her depression and drug addiction.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Prior to watching this film, I knew very little about Andy Warhol and nothing about Edie Sedgwick. I have to say that I found her story to be very interesting, even though it was very sad and depressing. However, sometimes the sad and depressing stories make for better movies and such is the case with FACTORY GIRL.

The first things that jumped out at me were the amazing performances by everyone involved, starting with Sienna Miller. Ms. Miller had never showed me anything prior to this performance, but her brilliant turn as Edie Sedgwick should definitely get some attention during awards season. However, Hayden Christensen was even more impressive as Bob Dylan. Being a huge Dylan fan, I was shocked when I saw Hayden as Dylan. For starters, Dylanís name is never mentioned in the film, not even in the credits. However, one look at Hayden with the harmonica around his neck and it was clear who he was supposed to be. The impressive thing is that Hayden was very believable as the great Bob Dylan and I wanted more of it. One interesting bit of trivia is that Dylanís song ďLeopard-Skin Pillbox HatĒ is supposedly about Edie Sedgwick.

The movie itself was also very well done, which is a feat given the difficulty of the subject matter. For the most part, the surrounding characters were pretty unlikable and it was quite an accomplishment to make Edie likable while still retaining the innocence that she was famous for. It was hard at times to watch someone you liked so much going through the events unfolding on the screen. However, that emotional tug is what made the film so powerful.

I wasnít alive during the 60ís, so I canít say how accurate the film was at portraying what life was like back then. I can say, however, that the directing style and the performances led to a very believable film that emotionally gripped me the entire time. FACTORY GIRL is a good film with powerful performances that definitely deserved more attention than it got during its theatrical release.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with George Hickenlooper: He does a great commentary, but he seems a little defensive at times and that tends to get in the way. He also doesnít say Dylanís name, again leading me to believe there were some serious licensing issues. Either way, itís a good commentary that gives some good information about the story and the real life events that inspired the film.

Deleted Scene (1:21): This scene is some dialogue between Warhol and Sedgwick. It was ok, but seemed to last a little long and didnít make much sense. It was a good thing they cut it, but if they had left it in, it wouldnít have made much difference.

The Real Edie (28:22): The biggest problem with this featurette is the inclusion of movie clips, which made it hard to distinguish between the real Edie and Sienna Miller. Other than that, it doesnít really offer anything we didnít see in the movie, it just goes into more detail. Once again, despite having people that had nothing to do with the film, none of them could actually say ďBob DylanĒ, which makes me want to say it more.

Guy Pearceís Video Diary (19:56): I find video diaries to be a little annoying, but this one was pretty good. It had a lot candid moments from the cast and showed some good behind the scenes footage. Overall, it was a little long to be an unstructured featurette, but it had its moments that make it worth the time.

Sienna Millerís Screen Test (7:22): Iím surprised she had to screen test because she looks exactly like the real Edie Sedgwick. However, she does a good job in her screen test and she did an even better job with the role. Making Factory Girl (9:58): This is a quick featurette with all the cast members not named Hayden Christensen. It was decent, but itís really more of a fluff piece to inform you about the film and give you some tidbits of information.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This film grabbed me from all angles and had me thinking about it for several days afterwards. That, and the wonderful performances by the cast led to a good film that should not go unnoticed.
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