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.
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.
At a New York City restaurant, the patrons are men, nude but for a G-string, waited on by one woman, also clad in a G-string (played by Viva) and a G-bestringed (bestrung?) waiter. Some of ... See full summary »
POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL is Andy Warhol's best Edie Sedgwick film, along with LUPE, her last film for Warhol. It's split into two parts, Edie out of focus, and Edie in focus trying on clothes. There is no plot, it's a character study/documentary of Edie Sedgwick, Warhol's most famous superstar, and it's great to watch. The first half is beautiful, out-of-focus mystery, like nothing I've ever seen before. The second half Edie talks to someone off-screen while getting stoned, trying on clothes, and showing off her fabulous legs. It's hard to describe, it's very much a 60's period piece, but it transcends that somehow by getting the viewer to feel sympathy for Edie, she's so harmless and tragic and ambitious all at once, she radiates the hope of youth, and somehow that's all captured by Warhol's camera. If you've never seen any of Warhol's experimental films of the mid-1960's, this is a great one to start with.
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