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Slaves of New York

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Eleanor (Bernadette Peters) is an aspiring hat designer who lives with her successful but abusive artist boyfriend. The high cost of rent makes Eleanor and most of her fellow loft dwellers slaves to their relationships; if only they could afford to move they could move on. Struggling to make a namefor themselves, they do their best to get by with what they've got. Trapped in cramped apartments and unsatisfying love affairs, they wander the city looking for the one thing that will set them apart and set them free.

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  • Actors: Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Madeleine Potter
  • Directors: James Ivory
  • Writers: Tama Janowitz
  • Producers: Fred Hughes, Gary Hendler, Ismail Merchant, Vincent Fremont
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009P42UA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Slaves of New York" on IMDb

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Burton on September 4, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I have to admit. This is the movie that made me want to drop everything and move to NYC to become an artist/writer/hat designer/club kid. Of course, I was 16 when I first saw it and wasn't going to be leaving my Colorado suburban abode anytime soon. But it still inspired me to one day visit NYC and run into the same characters in this movie. Not only is the story entertaining, but the movie style is indeed unique.
My only request: PLEASE MAKE THIS AVAILABLE ON DVD!
I would love to see bonus DVD material including a documentary on NYC in the '80s and commentary with the director and Bernadette Peters. Maybe Criterion will take this one on.
Either way, this flick is a gem.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Howell on March 20, 2009
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New York has changed since "Slaves of New York" was made. It has undergone a process of gentrification. Merchant-Ivory have created a motion picture which is nostalgic in an unique way, for a milieu that no longer exists, but lives on in our minds.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bettyboy72 on September 8, 2005
Format: DVD
I first saw Slaves of New York when it was originally released quite some time after reading the book. I was drawn into the world of the 80's NYC Art Scene. The film is a bit austere, but I think that helps viewer's relate to Eleanor's (Bernadette Peters)struggle in life as an outsider-that she never gets the joke. Bernadette gives a rich and nuanced performance as Eleanor. She is the reason for seeing the film. She vacillates between giddy joy, depression, heartbreak, and triumph. Her introverted Eleanor is a joy to watch.

The colorful peripheral characters add spice and contrast, but it is Eleanor's story of finding her identity in an environment where everything is a facade.

This film is definitely not for everyone. Many talented people worked on this film and I found it charming on so many levels. It is definately unlike anything you have ever seen. If you love anything about the 80's culture, fashion, or pop world this is a must see. The fashion alone is a hoot. There are several priceless scenes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah B. Boyer on March 1, 2009
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Since 1989, this quirky and original little movie amused me and fed my inner Bohemian. Bernadette Peters portrays a gentle young woman in love with a misogynistic, unfaithful artist who paints popular cartoon characters. She designs hats. An amusing segment of New York's hip culturati, Slaves of New York peeks through the windows of creativity and oddity; and I'm dreaming of Soho.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JC on June 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
That last review is not suprising to me...of course some people would be attracted to the way the movie looks, instead of what it preaches. "Slaves of New York" is actually poking fun at those who are shallow...it's not just about artists...or even New York for that matter...it's about how people treat each other in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Tyler on October 10, 2005
Format: DVD
If you dog it, you've obviously never dared to live it. This movie is true poetic genius on all fronts.

One of my all time favorite films.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By butterflygrrrl@hotmail.com on March 16, 1999
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This movie gives a humorous and honest portrayal of the "elite" arts community in NYC, as well as a basic love story. It is particulary funny if you've ever been privy to those (arts related persons) with inflated self-worth or self-esteem. One of my favorite visual parts is during the group softball game when you get a look at the makeshift uniforms the arts community has come up with-- I guarantee you won't be able to stop laughing during parts of this scene... Also, Bernadette Peters' Broadway acting legacy shines throughout the flick. I'm about to sound like an Imposters perfume box, but.... If you liked the movies The House of Yes, Desperately Seeking Susan, and Welcome to the Dollhouse ... you'll like this!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 1999
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An adaptation of Tama Janowitz's novel by the same name, this is a great story about the confusion inherent when you are living amongst those whose creative juices are always the most interesting things to them. We see mainly the emotional, mental, and professional struggles of Eleanor, the protagonist, played by Burnadette Peters. Torn between love and the desire to be loved tenderly, we find Peters stumbling through New York with her uber-cool artist boyfriend Stash trying to just keep her furrowing brow above water. Meanwhile, she works on her own artistic persuit of unique hatmaking. One of the highlights (for me) is watching Stash in artist mode, because - come on - who wouldn't fall for a conceptual artist turned cartoon painter? His artistic ego and blase - yet one would almost swear he has emotions - attitude can both frustrate and amuse. The film captures beautifully Peter's moments when you aren't sure what you would do, either, and also those when you know exactly what you would do. You get the feeling that she knows too; yet everything for Peters simply seems easier said than done. Thrown into the mix are a couple of love triangles involving other artists, and it seems that everyone is acting behind everyone else's back...it's just another element of being too chic to care. Peters remains the exception, simply attempting to break out of her increasingly degrading relationship. We go through the film laughing, shaking our heads, and championing our lovely, confused heroine - an extremely enjoyable two hours. There are some fun technicalities as well - watch for them.
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