Short-Haired Chick Friday

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I spent the entire weekend editing Snoop Dogg’s Girls Gone Wild> episode. That is the highest person I’ve ever seen someone. He had a HUGE blunt in his mouth in every scene. After two days of watching the scenes over and over and over and over I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to get high more in my life, luckily I know a few “patients” who have their “green card.” But Snoop’s not the topic of the day, the topic of the day is the movie Factory Girl, but more precisely about Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol’s actresses…

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Well I can’t help it, I’m busy. I spent the entire weekend editing Snoop Dogg’s Girls Gone Wild> episode. That is the highest person I’ve ever seen someone. He had a HUGE blunt in his mouth in every scene. After two days of watching the scenes over and over and over and over I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to get high more in my life, but Snoop’s not the topic of the day, the topic of the day is the movie Factory Girl, but more precisely about Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhol’s actresses…

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Okay, so Factory Girl either came out or is coming out. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the story of Edie Sedgwick, one of Andy Warhols Factory Girls, the star of many of his film and either dated or married Bob Dylan.

I don’t know anything about Andy Warhol and the Factory, except that I love it. Mostly because it made John Waters possible.

There are those that are quick to judge the Campbell’s Soup Can and there are those that really understand Andy Warhol, given my lack of education on the subject I may be appreciating him for all the wrong reasons, but such is art.

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I had a cool Mom who loved Andy Warhol and John Waters (who’s artistic existence is the number one reason to love Warhol, he made John Waters possible). Mom let me watch Female Trouble when I was thirteen. I remember when Social Services warned Mom that if she kept it up her son might turn out to be an artist.

Anyway, Mom had all the Warhol books and documentaries and I always liked that he was a filmmaker. There’s a common misperception that all Andy Warhol’s films were like Empire, which, from what I gather is a static shot of the Empire State Building. I later learned that he only made a few of those, most of his films were along the lines of My Hustler which is just a bunch of long static shots of three people dial-a-hustler service. Long long shots of people talking, it was actually pretty fascinating. But it wasn’t pretension, that’s the great thing about the early Warhol films. Andy just liked shooting as any good filmmaker should, so a static shot of the Empire State Building made him happy, because he’d made a film. Isn’t that great?

As far as Cambell’s Soup Cans go. I get, at least, I think I do. You ever watch I love the 80’s?. Andy Warhol was just doing that, in a way, pointing pop out in the same way, the things that are in front of your face all the time are the icons of your life, I think. Something like that’s going on.

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But anyway, Edie Sedgwick.

From Wikipedia:
In January 1965, Sedgwick met Andy Warhol at Lester Persky’s apartment. She began going to The Factory regularly in March with Chuck Wein. During one of these visits, Warhol put her into Vinyl. She made a short cameo appearance in Warhol’s film, Horse, when she and Ondine entered The Factory toward the end of the film.

On April 30, 1965, Warhol took both Sedgwick and Wein (as well as Gerard Malanga) with him to the opening of his exhibit at the Sonnabend Gallery in Paris. Upon returning to New York City, Warhol told his scriptwriter, Ron Tavel, that he wanted to make Sedgwick the queen of The Factory and asked him to write a script for her: “Something in a kitchen. White and clean and plastic.” The result was Kitchen, with Sedgwick, Rene Ricard and Roger Trudeau. It was shot at soundman Buddy Wirtschafter’s studio apartment.

After Kitchen, Wein replaced Tavel, being credited as writer and assistant director for the filming of Beauty No. 2, in which Sedgwick appeared with “Gino [Piserchio], a hunk in jockey shorts”. Beauty No. 2 premiered at the Cinematheque on July 17 and her onscreen appearance was compared to Marilyn Monroe’s.[citation needed] During this time she became Warhol’s Girl of the Year. The pair would often dress alike, and Sedgwick frequently called herself Miss Warhol. The friendship did not last beyond 1966 when Warhol and Sedgwick made an acrimonious public split. As a result of her popularity, she was getting a lot of advice from people to leave him and become a real actress.

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Warhol filmed Sedgwick for Chelsea Girls, but when she left The Factory, he edited her out of the film, ostensibly at her request. Her footage was replaced with a shot of Nico with colored lights projected on her face with Velvet Underground music in the background

And now you know what Factory Girl’s all about…from what I gather.

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