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Ciao Manhattan (1972)

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.

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Andy Warhol, played by Rene Ricard, invites a friend (Edie Sedgwick) over to his apartment one evening to discuss his career. As they talk, the truth about how Andy uses and then throws ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edie Sedgwick ... Susan Superstar
Wesley Hayes Wesley Hayes ... Butch
Isabel Jewell ... Mummy
Jeff Briggs Jeff Briggs ... Geoffrey (as Geoffrey Briggs)
Paul America Paul America ... Paul
Tom Flye Tom Flye ... Tom
Gabriel Lampa Gabriel Lampa ... Mario
Pat Hartley Pat Hartley ... Yoli
Nell Bassett Nell Bassett ... Receptionist
Charlie Bacis Charlie Bacis ... Doctor Robert (as Bhavananda)
Jane Holzer Jane Holzer ... Charla (as 'Baby' Jane Holzer)
David Weisman ... David
Wesley Rand Wesley Rand ... Wes
Viva ... 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 1960s through her inevitable downfall and the tragic addiction that would take her life only weeks after filming wrapped in 1971.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1974 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Ciao! Manhattan See more »

Filming Locations:

Tannersville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line "Good night, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are!" is a reference to comedian Jimmy Durante's enigmatic closing line for his Radio and TV shows. See more »

Goofs

Butch is seen hitch-hiking past a billboard advertising Land of Make Believe and past a graveyard. These locations are along US Route 46 in White Twp, New Jersey. Butch is later seen at the Pocono Diner in Tannersville, PA which is farther west. He says that he is trying to go to New York City but he would have been traveling in the wrong direction. See more »

Quotes

The Duchess: My life has been a double strand of pearls around my neck, loose.
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Alternate Versions

Originally conceived as "Stripped and Strapped" written by Warhol luminary Chuck Wein and Genevieve Charbin, was intended to capture the counter-culture scene of mid-late 1960s Manhattan. Although the script was never finished some of the original material from the script by Wein and Charbin was shot but ultimately cut from Ciao! Manhattan. These scenes are now featured on the DVD 30th Anniversary edition as "The Lost Reels" and include:
  • Missing Subplot: In "Stripped and Strapped," Susan, played by Edie Sedgwick, had a friend played by Nena Thurman (mother of actress Uma Thurman) who was involved in an incestuous relationship with her brother. Scenes of them together are show in a kitchen.
  • Another part of the missing subplot included Susan's obsession with astrological signs and things of an other worldy nature. In the Lost Reels, scenes are shown of Susan (Edie) in a room painted wall to floor with strange astrology and hand signs, talking with Allen Ginsberg. These scenes like the incestuous brother and sister were written by Chuck Wein who was inspired by Andy Warhol, who did films about nothing, and so Wein wrote these scenes to be about nothing.
  • Additional unfinished footage:
  • Scenes of Susan (Edie) at the "Be-In" were originally longer and featured her climbing a rock and socializing with the hippie crowd.
  • Aerial shots of Manhattan, which in 1967 looked industrial and more concrete, taken in a helicopter rented from the Pan-Am building of the time.
  • Scenes of Nena Thurman and Susan(Edie) shop-lifting at downtown Manhattan store Paraphernalia.
  • Scenes of Susan(Edie) having a "bitch fight" with Baby Jane Holzer after Susan returns home to the Chelsea Hotel from shop-lifting at Paraphernalia.
  • Susan and Paul America eating sushi at one of the first sushi bars in late 60s Manhattan.
  • More scenes of Edie and Paul America wandering New York. Also included are some night shots of Edie at a fountain.
  • David Weisman was also featured in the film much longer before editing and included: Scenes of him at his home with Nena Thurman, Edie, Paul America and some friends of his getting high. David shows off his Samuri sword, apparently he had an obsession with Kurosawa films. Also a scene of David with his Manhattan "Scenesters" is shown.
  • Three dancers are shown dancing in front of Mario with a monkey.
  • Allen Ginsberg's appearance at the "Medium Convention" was origanlly much longer and featured him performing one of his monologues.
  • Some shots of Paul America in a car, picking up and dropping off Baby Jane Holzer at the heloport, he gets angry and takes off in the car and isn't seen again for a few years.
  • The only existing footage of the interior of famed Max's Kansas City was found among the reels and is featured here.
  • Some beautiful black and white footage of women in the cotumes/dresses of the Silver Sixties are shown at night in the cold fog.
  • Missing color footage included: A shot of Edie falling over while dancing in front of Butch, she spills the cup of vodka she is drinking on the mattress at the bottom of the pool.
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the living end...on film.
13 February 2006 | by TheMemphianSee all my reviews

A silver lipstick stained blueprint to the "Big Come Down" era, Ciao Manhattan is, by technical standards, very bad. Though the color sequences are well photographed and the older clips seem well reproduced, the narrative is clumsy and the sound is choppy. This doesn't bother me and whereas, I would like to see a coherent documentary on Edie, the flaws of the film are perfect alongside the flawed characters in the film. It possesses a very paranoid, broken and detached quality that is in keeping with a certain sub genre that has grown over the ensuing years. In music, it's everything low-fi since the LP, The Velvet Underground & Nico(1967). In film-making, it's any art film since Andy Warhol's Empire(1964).

The film is, quite by incident, the very quintessence of the dangers of mixing cinema verity lifestyle with a diet of tablets which include a total disregard for the wages of sin, in favor of "really living". (i.e. on film, on drugs and off reality). What illustrates this is that Susan(Edie)isn't really acting in this film, but seems to be fooling herself (with coaxing from the filmmakers, no doubt) into thinking that she is, simply because, she's using the name Susan and is probably on LSD most of the time. It's a kind of twisted defense mechanism that Edie is using to distance herself from her own personal reality. This is ironic, considering the fact that her personal reality is the focus of the entire film and that her(Edie's) own mortal coil is unraveling faster then footage can record it. But, the cameras are tenacious and keep rolling thru her staged shock treatments(a true event) to her "last chance at a normal life" marriage(a true event captured on 8mm complete with a Warholsque posterized sequence) and finally a news clipping of her obituary.

The film serves well as a cautionary tale to the contemporary modern girl, with Susan(Edie) as the prototype modern girl, trying anything new, without regard to the consequences. i.e. forced stardom, derelict emotions, mood management drugs, radical psychotherapy techniques and even a botched breast job. This has all become a common lifestyle today(in 2006), perfected by time and human casualty. Susan(Edie) was an incidental trailblazer in a film(lifestyle) where the sun shines too white hot for human beings to bare it, yet is too intoxicating for the obsessive ones to turn away from. Like a pretty, lactose intolerant, lab rat that keeps eating the cheese in spite of the gas pains, Susan(Edie) was caught in a maze of learned behavior and couldn't resist it's unhealthy escapism's, even though she must have felt the grim reaper's hand on her emaciated shoulder. As long as she was feeding her head and all eyes where on her, she really lived. She only "snuffed it" after filming had concluded and she was faced the realism of a sober, off camera existence.

The book "Edie, An American Biography" is required reading if you want to get the most out of this film and may be all you can take. *Not for the mentally squeamish.


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