This week's Real vs. Real installment brings you back to the 1960s New York City and its vibrant art scene, through a 2006 biopic based on the life of Edie Sedgwick.
The best known of Andy Warhol’s so-called Superstars, the beautiful Edie Sedgwick certainly remains one of the most intriguing personalities of the 1960s. The socialite-heiress met the iconic Pop artist when she moved to New York City, and began frequenting The Factory with her friend, Chuck Wein, soon after.
The 2006 American biographical film Factory Girl gives us a glimpse at her Superstar life, relationship with Warhol, and purported affair with Bob Dylan. The film stars Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol, and Hayden Christensen as poet and singer Billy Quinn (based on folk singer Bob Dylan). The film also touches base on Edie’s drug addiction troubles and eventual disconnection from Warhol and his circle of eccentric friends.
The film received mostly negative reviews, but Sienna Miller garnered praise for her performance as Edie Sedgwick. Velvet Underground singer/songwriter Lou Reed reportedly hated the film, telling New York Daily News that he read the script and it found it “one of the most disgusting, foul things” he had seen in a long time. Bob Dylan, who believed that the script implicated his role in the Edie’s downward spiral into drug abuse, threatened legal action, but no lawsuit has been filed to date.
Watch the official trailer for Factory Girl below:
A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.