Edie Sedgwick‘s beauty, fame, bad habits, bed partners, early death and continuing postmortem notoriety have helped turn her into the representative face of Andy Warhol‘s film work, his ultimate superstar. But what often gets left out of the discussion about her proverbial 15 minutes is that she was, quite simply, a dazzling film presence. One of the pleasures of the the Museum of the Moving Image‘s series titled “The Real Edie Sedgwick,” currently underway, is that it allows you to look, really look, at the Edie that Warhol fell for, to watch that astonishingly animated face, pale as milk, flutter and fluctuate with seemingly millions of micro-movements. She is at once Jean Harlow and Jean Seberg, as beautiful and nervous as a hummingbird, and just as alive. Manhola Dargis reports.
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