Wild Young Minds: Factory Girl - the beautiful but sad life of Edie Sedgwick

Monday, January 3, 2011

Factory Girl - the beautiful but sad life of Edie Sedgwick

Andy Warhol is, in my opinion, one of the best artists that has ever lived.
Cold and emotionless as he appeared, he made himself an icon of the sixties. Even the icon of pop art for 20th century I guess.

'Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes', he said. He could make someone a star very easily. And so he did with Edie Sedgwick, though she already had potential to become famous.

Edie was born in a high class family, but hadn't had a peaceful youth. Her father abused her, sexually and mentally. She escaped to art school and decided later to move to New York to become a sort of Holly Golightly (you know, Breakfast at Tiffany's ;)). She was introduced to Andy Warhol and his friends and performed in a few of his movies. Eventually, she became his muse and the princess of 'The Factory', the old fabric where Andy Warhol lived and worked.

Of course things always turn out to be harder than they seem... Being famous came with pressure, drugs and alcohol. Edie Sedgwick couldn't handle it well and she got to know the real Andy Warhol: her best friend was actually a heartless man that had used her for his own benefit.

'Factory Girl' is a great and innovative movie. Sienna Miller performs a good version of Edie Sedgwick, though if they came up with the film a few years later, Carey Mulligan would fitted even better. Guy Pearce, who plays Andy Warhol, is terrific. I think you get a good impression of life in the sixties, life as it was in New York in the Factory.

The life of Edie Sedgwick was sad, and short. She's one of the many many legends that died early. Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis Presley, Heath Ledger, etc. I seem to have a thing for them.. I don't know, something about their lifes - they were icons, legends - attracts me, it's weird how lonely and sad some of them were. Fame isn't all, I guess.
Anyway, you have to see the Factory, if you love Andy Warhol, art, sex, drugs & rock 'n roll, New York and the Sixties. And there's also a part for The Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan (as been said). If you want to know what I mean, see it!

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