Face Addict
Face Addict (2008)

Inevitably recalling his earlier effort, the long-incomplete Downtown 81 (which was eventually finished and issued in 2001), Edo Bertoglio returns to the same subject with this documentary effort. The film, like its predecessor, leads… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 30, 2008
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Consensus: Self absorbed piece of Warhol/New York art scene cine-marginalia, which probably should have stayed exactly that, seeing as no-one seems to remember a great deal about the time anyway.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Audiences already interested in the period will enjoy Face Addict best, but Bertoglio makes it surprisingly inclusive and accessible.

Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Contemporary footage of various pseuds, wannabe artists and hangers-on fails to establish what made any of them interesting in the first place, and if you don't revere the cult of Warhol, the entire project looks quite pointless.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

But some are capable of articulacy and Bertoglio provides the odd ghostly image: primarily, middle-aged fashionista Wendy Whitelaw, who sprays her suburban lawn in regulation Factory chic. The happy ending is welcome, too.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

Regrettably, the film's intended air of melancholy is all but annulled by Bertoglio's wan, haughty and utterly pretentious narration about how wonderful New York was at that time.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

I start to think there should be a charity called Amnesia International, which compels forgetfulness in former hangers-out with Andy Warhol.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Cinema

Arty-farty, cheap and dreary, Edo Bertoglio's post-mortem of New York's Seventies creative in-crowd is exactly the sort of self-absorbed guff that makes people glad to be square.

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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

It's narrated with ear-tearing pretentiousness by snapper Edo Bertoglio, primarily as an attempt to get over his past - he should have concentrated on getting over himself.

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The Sun (UK)

This documentary about the Big Apple's artistic community in the Seventies and Eighties makes the Black Hole Of Calcutta seem more enticing.

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Mike McCahill
Daily Telegraph (UK)

The film is flatly shot, as though to illustrate the dimensional difference between stills photography and cinematography.

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