Ciao Manhattan

Ciao Manhattan

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Director: John Palmer, David Weisman

Cast: John Palmer, David Weisman, Baby Jane Holzer, Paul America

     
 
John Palmer and David Weisman direct Edie Sedgwick in Ciao! Manhattan, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the directors as well as star Wesley Hayes, deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, and interviews with four of

Overview

John Palmer and David Weisman direct Edie Sedgwick in Ciao! Manhattan, which comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the directors as well as star Wesley Hayes, deleted scenes, a still photo gallery, and interviews with four of the people involved with the production. This is a great disc for fans of films made outside the Hollywood mainstream.

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Ciao! Manhattan has to be seen, probably more than once, to be fully comprehended. But if you don't have the time for repeat viewings, this dazzling 30th Anniversary Edition DVD, packed with revealing audio commentaries and interviews, helps place a very far-out movie within reach. Fallen star Edie Sedgwick, who died at age 28, three months after its completion, "plays herself in the role of Susan," a West Coast heiress who returns home after two years as the toast of New York's underground and three years of hospitalization. Model, actress, and poster girl for Andy Warhol's Factory scene, Sedgwick was the living proof of Warhol's "15 minutes of fame" maxim. But Ciao! Manhattan begins where Sedgwick's 15 minutes ended. The drug-addled Susan is picked up while hitchhiking by Butch (Wesley Hayes), a freewheeling goofball whose greatest ambition is to build a flying saucer. Butch returns Susan to her Malibu mansion and is hired by her socialite mother to keep the girl company between electrotherapy sessions. From that point on, any similarity to an actual movie plot is purely coincidental. As Susan regales Butch with a surreal tale based on her New York glory days, the movie cuts between those black-and-white interludes -- filmed in 1965 with Factory scenesters Viva, Paul America, and Brigid Berlin -- and her semiconscious, semi-naked present in 1971. Sedgwick's wasted, junkie-thin body is reason enough to believe she isn't acting but living her part, a fact that makes the movie as repellent as it is compelling. Paul Leo

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/2002
UPC:
0082354000226
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
R
Source:
Plexifilm
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:31:00

Special Features

"The Lost Ciao! Manhattan Reels" never before seen footage of Edie; Feature commentary by co-directors John Palmer & David Weisman and actor Wesley Hayes; Video interviews with George Plimpton, costume designer Betsey Johnson, David Weisman and Wesley Hayes; Anamorphic transfer, enhanced for widescreen tvs; Still gallery with rare Edie photos and production stills; Original theatrical trailer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Poor Little Rich Girl [7:08]
2. Build Me a Flyin' Saucer [2:49]
3. Warhol Superstar [4:45]
4. Up in Xanadu [5:34]
5. True Love [6:05]
6. In the League [5:23]
7. Sauna and a Poke [5:34]
8. Phoning the Past [4:43]
9. "P.B.D." [4:10]
10. The Silver Sixties [2:23]
11. Gotham Pool Party [8:59]
12. Chez Mummy [2:56]
13. Song of the Saucer People [7:44]
14. Rude Awakening [1:19]
15. Too Far Gone [:38]
16. Pocano Diner [7:01]
17. Our Problem Is America [5:25]
18. A Lost Art [3:13]

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Ciao Manhattan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warwick More than 1 year ago
This movie/documentary was interesting. Not well acted or filmed and everybody has an annoying voice, but all in all it captured the experience of the corrupted 60's. All the characters in the movie are basically "acting" as themselves through a script, although some of them use a different screen name (which makes it confusing), like Edie goes under the name Susan but the movie still covers her life as Edie Sedgwick. I liked watching the black and white lost films of Andy Warhol's factory, and when Edie/Susan would tell personal stories about her f-ed up family or her uncontrolable drug addiction - but there are many parts that don't make sense and you question why its even included. You have to have patience with this movie. A lot doesn't make sense or fall in chronological order but its still interesting to watch if you can believe it. Edie's breasts are exposed for the majority of her time on screen if that helps any of my persuasion to watch this film. Truth be told, if you're an Edie Sedgwick fan, get this movie to watch. In that respect the special features are better than the actual movie, they mainly talk just about Edie, and share rare pictures and videos of her. Give it a shot if you have the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago