Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen.
Originally a twenty five hour film made up of shorter film segments. It consists of 83 reels each lasting approximately 33 minutes. A short story odyssey of film designed to be shown with two projectors playing simultaneously.
CIAO! MANHATTAN parallels Andy Warhol Factory star Edie Sedgwick's glory days in the late 1960s through her inevitable downfall and the tragic addiction that would take her life only weeks after filming wrapped in 1971.
This is a film of Edie Sedgwick sitting on a bed, talking, getting drunk and making out with Gino Piserchio. Edie looks beautiful and makes a lot of cocktail chatter, but this Warhol film isn't nearly as good as his two best Edie films: LUPE; and POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL. If you've never seen Andy Warhol's mid-1960's experimental films, this might not be the best one to start with, as the conversation between Edie and the off-screen Chuck Wein never really goes anywhere, and it's just boring. For hardcore Edie fans only.
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