Just look into her false coloured eyes

A little while ago, I saw the interview with Sienna Miller on the Daily Show. Now, those interviews are rarely especially insightful, but they did speak about Edie Sedgwick, subject of new film 'Factory Girl' a little bit. Miller was adamant that, in terms of "famous for being famous" celebrities, Sedgwick was miles away from our modern day Parises, in that there was at least merit to what she did. Watching 'Factory Girl' tonight, I struggled to see this merit.

I don't really know a lot about the woman's life, and the film didn't help at all. It's a dull film telling the story of a rich, bored girl who falls in with the right-but-wrong crowd, to the disgust of her uncool parents. Unlike Domino Harvey, she stars in Andy Warhol's experimental (read: kind of crap) short films. I couldn't really see too much of a difference between her and today's gossip sites fodder - pretty girl, heiress, was famous for being seen at parties and being in poorly-filmed movies that hardly anyone saw. Sound familiar? The camera work is especially irritating - it switches between black and white and really heavily saturated colouring, and handheld closeups, and deliberately grainy shots to look like old stock footage.

There's a fascinating story in there somewhere, I'm sure, but there was no reason to care about her at all. Miller and Guy Pearce work well with what little they've been given, and Hayden Christensen is alright as an unnamed singer whose looks and actions have prompted legal action from one Robert Zimmerman.

At one point, a reporter suggests that Warhol's films are nothing more than superficial, and that's nicer than you can say about 'Factory Girl'. The only upside I can think of, is that I get to upload these two songs for you.

[download The Velvet Underground - Femme Fatale]
[download The Long Blondes - Lust in the Movies (demo)]


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