A Cautionary Tale
Release Date: February 02, 2007
Starring: Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce,
Hayden Christensen, Jimmy
Fallon, Jack Huston, Armin
Amiri, Tara Sumners, Mena
Suvari, Shawn Hatosy, and
Genre: Biographical Drama
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: MGM/Sony Pictures
Director: George Hickenlooper
Executive Producer: Simon Monjack, Bob Weinstein,
Harvey Weinstein, and Bob Yari
Producer: Malcolm Petal, Morris Bart,
Kimberly C. Anderson, Holly
Wiersma, and Aaron Richard
Writer: Captain Mauzner
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FACTORY GIRL is a cautionary tale about celebrity and drug abuse. Warhol appears as a self-obsessed, possessive homosexual, but the movie has a sub-plot where Edie is haunted by the suicide of her dead brother, another homosexual who was rejected by her conservative, autocratic father. Thus, the movie has mixed moral messages that make it less effective. Also, the romance with Bob Dylan plays a bit far-fetched, which makes sense since the notion that they had a hot affair has been disputed. In fact, the timeline depicted in the movie is not the same timeline as described by some online biographies of Edie. For example, Edie apparently met Dylan a month before she met Warhol. The movie also contains depicted sex, sexual nudity and excessive foul language.
FACTORY GIRL depicts a moment in time, a time of cultural excess divorced from God and Jesus Christ. Although there was a thoughtfulness behind Warhol's message about popular culture and advertising overtaking art, most of his art fails to point people to the higher beauty available in God's Creation, of which human beings and their own creativity, including their popular culture, are a part.
FACTORY GIRL is a cautionary tale about celebrity and the 1960s drug culture. It also takes some appropriate shots at Warhol's more shallow artistic creations. Its other messages are mixed, however, including its attitudes toward sex and homosexuality. Finally, the movie contains strong revisionist history, sex, nudity, and foul language. Apparently, Edie's personal relationship with both Warhol and Dylan is fictionalized at important points.