Donna and Jane are two American hippies, searching for sex and romance in Paris but, mainly, rich husbands. Eventually, Donna finds a perfume industrialist, Michael, who wishes to marry her... See full summary »
The story of Joe [Dallesandro] and his lover-protector, Holly [Woodlawn], who is something to behold, a comic book Mother Courage who fancies herself as Marlene Dietrich but sounds more ... See full summary »
CIAO! MANHATTAN parallels Andy Warhol Factory star Edie Sedgwick's glory days in the late 60's through her inevitable downfall and the tragic addiction that would take her life only weeks after filming wrapped in 1971.
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Priceless cultural artifact to be sure, but even the biggest fans of the band will have difficulty watching it
The Velvet Underground were possibly the most influential band of all time, no doubt about that. If it wasn't for them, punk and indie rock would be nonexistent. They were the first band to be an "alternative" to the mainstream rock and actually be worthwhile musically. So of course, and footage that exists of them needs to be preserved. This rare film, made by their one-time manager and producer Andy Warhol, is a priceless cultural artifact.
That being said, its a very difficult to watch document. The band's albums are wonderful, but their playing here is a meandering jam thats quite monotonous. Andy Warhol's direction is, as usual, horrible. The man created art films with absolutely no redeeming entertainment value and are always unwatchable. He overdoes the zoom lenses, and while I could stare at Nico's gorgeous face all day, the panning in and out gives one a massive headache after a while. The conversation between the band and Warhol at the end may have been interesting, but the print quality is so poor its completely inaudible. "The Velvet Underground and Nico" is a film that needs to be preserved. Attempting to actually watch it is a completely different story however. (5/10)
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