“Where the fuck’s my lighter?”
Drugged-out Susan Superstar (Edie Sedgwick) tells a young drifter (Wesley Ames) about her life as a famous model in New York.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
- Flashback Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this “famous underground film” — originally intended “to be a $50,000 black-and-white documentary about a day in the life of Edie Sedgwick” — is almost creepy to watch, knowing that “former Warhol factory girl and model” Sedgwick died before its release, and that she “is not putting on an act”. It’s difficult to tell whether the “pathetic, unhealthy, mixed-up” Sedgwick is aware she’s being exploited, and/or if she even cares. Regardless, this “interesting, though not always coherent” film paints a frightening portrait of a young life quickly destroyed by drugs.
- A fascinating look at a ’60’s superstar who burned out early and died at the age of 28
- Creative mix of documentary footage with a fictionalized script
No. This one is only mandatory viewing for fans of the Andy Warhol scene.