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Product Description

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. The DVD includes never-before-seen bonus footage of Edie, interviews, a photo gallery of Edie's life, and much more.

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Fact and fiction collide in the cult classic Ciao! Manhattan, which was billed as "the film that wrote itself." The unexpectedly poignant tale is based on the life of "Superstar" Edie Sedgwick, who plays a drugged-out former model named Susan. In Southern California, she lives in her wealthy, pie-obsessed mother's swimming pool and recounts her glory days in Manhattan to a Houston drifter (Wesley Hayes). John Palmer and David Weisman began filming in New York in 1967 and kept shooting for the next five years, even as Sedgwick moved West, grew out her hair, got breast implants, and spent time at a variety of mental institutes. The 1970s present is in color; the 1960s flashbacks are in luminous black and white. John Phillips, Richie Havens, and others provide the period-perfect soundtrack. Confusing at times, but always entertaining, Ciao! Manhattan is a must for fans of Head, Trash, and all things weird, wiggy, and Warhol. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Special Features

  • "The Lost Ciao! Manhattan Reels": never-before-seen footage of Edie
  • Video interviews with Edie biographer George Plimpton, costume designer Betsey Johnson, David Weisman, and Wesley Hayes
  • Still gallery with production stills and unpublished photos of Edie
  • Outtake footage with optional commentary

Product Details

  • Actors: Edie Sedgwick, Charlie Bacis, Nell Bassett, Brigid Berlin, Jeff Briggs
  • Directors: John Palmer, David Weisman
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000077VQR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ciao! Manhattan (30th Anniversary Edition)" on IMDb

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Before I got Ciao! Manhattan on DVD, I had seen it twice before, once on video (first time) and once at a cinema revival screening of it (second). I was fascinated by the movie upon my first viewing, but managed to make it through the second showing just barely...my unconditional admiration for Edie Sedgwick being what got me through it. I mean, it's a weird, wacky, and wonderful film--full of great images of 1960's glamour and a funny, bizarre plot set in the 70s--but I bought the DVD really just so that I could complete my Edie memorabilia collection.
Anyway, I sat down to watch it the other night and turned on the special features first. They were fantastic! The interviews with David Weisman and Betsey Johnson were incredible; both of these people communicate very well the spirit of the 1960's and what they were experiencing and trying to communicate during the making of the film, not just in terms of the actual production but the way life itself was for these "youthquakers" back then. Weisman also gives some great insight as to why, after all these years, people (and young people in particular) are still so fascinated with Edie and the Warhol crew. And then there's the extra footage, which, despite having no soundtrack, is absolutely mesmerizing. Shots of 1960's kids, New York, Woodstock (I think), and of course outtakes from the film...well, it was just a fantastic bonus. Watching the features first really made me appreciate the film the most I ever had when I saw it the third time...this is a DVD not to be missed (well, admittedly, for a certain audience with an interest in the 1960s).
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i knock down a star for this because of the insufferably boring scenes involving Mr. Verdeccio and his chauffeur.
take all that out and you've got your 5th star back.
but, alas, we're stuck with it.
the rest is all good.
absolutely essential are the dvd extras:the interviews with the co-director, david weisman, betsy johnson,wesley hayes and george plimpton.
absolute essential dvd extra pt. 2: the film-length commentary with david, john palmer and wesley.
absolute essential dvd extra pt.3: the found film footage unused in the film but here embellished with commentary by david and john.
i first saw Ciao Manhattan, probably at that same revival movie house another reviewer mentions having seen it....and that must have been, what, early 90's? something like that.
it was a difficult watch.
i was tortured by the character of Butch. perhaps even worse is the young dude who plays Edie's servant, Geoffrey.
the whole sub-plot involving Verdeccio and co. is a colossal test of endurance and just about ruined it all for me.
and it was an endurance as well to sit and watch a truly disabled miss Sedgewick in the color scenes shot in 1971.
she's completely surrendered to a drug-induced state of .........zonksville.
but i still wanted her to make it through. to get herself together.
and i take it back..she's not COMPLETELY surrendered to zonksville because she speaks intelligently and thoughtfully about her past.
and her past is represented in this film by many black and white filmed flashbacks shot in 1967 when this project had a different agenda.
she looks great in these flashbacks. a bit trippy but still gorgeous and fun-loving.
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The two Edie Sedgwicks in this shambling sprawl of a film tell me everything I need to know about what happens when you repeatedly apply hard drugs to a young mind. Not good.
Eyelash Edie of the Factory days in the mid 60s was a jangly amphetamine doll, and implant Edie of barely three years later, after she had been ousted from the silver clouds and sent packing back to SoCal...ouch. She looked like a bobble head version of herself.
I read Edie: An American Biography when it came out in hardcover in 1982 before I had seen Ciao, and the book devoted several pages on the production, so I kind of knew what to expect, but of course to see the players in action...sigh. The original movie teaser promised "Speed. Madness. Flying Saucers." That's about right.
Lasting images: Ms. Berlin injecting speed in the toilet stall, screaming and blowsy...Edie plumped out, vacant and trying to dance...Paul America in New York driving a car out of a scene and (knowing this from reading Edie) he just kept on driving to California, stoned out of his mind...
For me, maybe the the last scene in the film is the most moving, where the young man sees Edie's obit in the newspaper and flinches away in sadness and embarrassment--
The lady might be dead but her influence floats on...
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Tragic" is a word that may become synonymous with the name of Edie Sedgwick.

The 5 stars are for Edie's smile, and nothing more.

This "Let's Start", and then "Stop", "Start again" cycle of this film presents as a messy, disorganized glance at Ms. Sedgwick's disturbing life.

Another 'tragedy " exists here. Our educated culture should recognize that if Edie weren't exceptionally beautiful, there wouldn't have been much fuss over an ancestor of a historically noted family.

Beauty still takes precedence over most other attributes.
It's been over 35 years since the death of Edie Sedgwick, but the "glam-famishished" still won't let the beauty get her rest.

The film's black and white scenes show the brilliance of Edie's past beauty, but are all cut and pasted into a confusing, tangled decoupage.

The additional color footage of the next decade is woven in carelessly. If it was just Edie's glowing wedding sequence that were included, it would've been much easier to watch.

The "two teenagers" who appear in the the colored segments seem out of time with Edie's Glory Days of the 60's.

This is NOT a spiraling Masterpiece.Not a work of art nor imagination galore.

Just commercial trash for the star struck. For other than commercial purposes, it is a film that Spotlights it's own defeat.

It is a poor tribute to Edie Sedgwick and I prefer the very big, heavy photograph book.
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