FACTORY GIRL (George Hickenlooper). 90 minutes. Opens Friday (February 9). Rating: NN Rating: NN
The problem with movies about the people who fell into the peculiar orbit of artist Andy Warhol is that no one in that circle is actually as interesting as the dazzlingly elusive Warhol.
It doesn't matter if it's Lili Taylor in I Shot Andy Warhol, Jeffrey Wright in Basquiat or Sienna Miller in Factory Girl. The enigmatic Warhol, who presents intriguing interpretive issues for every actor who plays him, remains the sun in that solar system.
Factory Girl suggests that glamorous junkie Edie Sedgwick was the key cultural figure of the 60s and that an ostentatiously unnamed folksinger presumed to be Bob Dylan was worried about the influence the affectless, superficial Warhol had over her.
The film is not helped by the fact that Guy Pearce (Memento) makes superb acting choices as Warhol, while Hayden Christensen (the new, improved Darth Vader) plays not-Dylan like a heavily sedated Tim Robbins.
Miller, best known in North America as the woman Jude Law cheated on with the nanny, is a dazzling beauty and talented actor but looks too healthy to play Sedgwick, who, by the time she did Warhol's films, already had the wasted look of the queen of all speed freaks.