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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edie Sedgwick ...
Susan Superstar
Wesley Hayes ...
Butch
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Mummy
Jeff Briggs ...
Geoffrey (as Geoffrey Briggs)
Paul America ...
Paul
Tom Flye ...
Tom
Gabriel Lampa ...
Mario
Pat Hartley ...
Yoli
Nell Bassett ...
Receptionist
Charlie Bacis ...
Doctor Robert (as Bhavananda)
Jane Holzer ...
Charla (as 'Baby' Jane Holzer)
David Weisman ...
David
Wesley Rand ...
Wes
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Diana - Vogue editor
Roger Vadim ...
Dr. Braun
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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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The film originally followed the excessively hip lives of Sedgwick and fellow Warhol superstar Paul America, as they lived life in the fast lane (literally speeding down the West Side Highway on massive amounts of amphetamine). See more »

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The Duchess: My life has been a double strand of pearls around my neck, loose.
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References Beauty #2 (1965) See more »

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Written and Performed by Kim Milford
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Oddly touching and tragic (if occasionally incoherent)
23 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"Ciao Manhattan" has a lot of interest for those interested in Andy Warhol and his parade of 15 minute superstars. The film has an experimental style that recalls "El Topo" with more editing. Given these two characteristics, it sounds like a film with limited appeal. Surprisingly, its an oddly touching and tragic (if occasionally incoherent) tale of how one can't accept their fifteen minutes of fame being over. It details someone who is a has-been in the worst sense and how fortune and excess damaged her life and mental capacities. Viewed in the new footage, Edie Sedgwick comes across as pathetic and sympathetic all the same. The filmmakers never seem to exploit Sedgwick, only letting her speak for herself. Its a grim and depressing picture.

The film's style works to enforce the central theme. John Palmer and David Weisman creatively take footage from an abandoned Warhol spy picture and work it into flashbacks of the New York scene. I didn't realize a lot of it wasn't actual documentary footage until reading so afterwords. The film is heavy on the symbolism which could garner comparisons to other midnight head films of the time such as "El Topo". However, the editing style is closer to the works of Kenneth Anger and (of course) Andy Warhol. Still, the film's style is all its own and while it isn't flawless (its draggy in spots), its overall a very effective work. (7/10)


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