The Poor Little Rich Girl is a 1965 underground film by Andy Warhol starring Edie Sedgwick.
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The concept of Poor Little Rich Girl is a day in the life of socialite Edie Sedgwick. Warhol and Gerard Malanga began shooting in March 1965 in Sedgwick’s posh New York City apartment. After initial filming and processing, the reels were found to be out of focus due to a faulty camera lens. Warhol then reshot footage, adding it to the original, out of focus first reel footage. The first reel depicts an out-of-focus Sedgwick waking up, ordering coffee and orange juice, smoking cigarettes and marijuana, exercising, taking pills and putting on makeup in silence. The only noise is that of an Everly Brothers record playing continuously in the background.
The second reel, which is in focus, shows Sedgwick lying on her bed and talking to her friend, Chuck Wein, who remains off camera. Wein can be heard responding to Edie, asking various questions and commenting on different subjects, but never appears on camera. The rest of the film continues with Edie talking on the telephone, smoking more cigarettes, trying on different outfits, including a real leopard-skin coat. (Wein describes the coat as ‘ugly’ with ‘transistor-radio buttons’, much to Edie’s annoyance.) Sedgwick goes on to speak to someone on her telephone, and vaguely describes how she spent her entire inheritance in six months.
Poor Little Rich Girl premiered at the Film-Makers’ Cinematheque on a double bill with another Warhol film, Vinyl, in June 1965.