Ciao! Manhattan

1973, Movie, R, 90 mins


Edie Sedgwick had been dead two years when this film came out. Unless you are a student of the Andy Warhol subculture of the 1960s, there is little to be had from this film. Sedgwick, a protege and companion of Warhol, had her 15 minutes of fame in the mid 1960s. CIAO MANHATTAN is the result of piecing together short ends of two Sedgwick vehicles. The first was begun by Chuck Wein in 1967 during the height of Sedgwick's fame. The second was begun three years later in California by John Palmer and David Weisman. In the film, Sedgwick resides at the bottom of a tented Santa Barbara pool, surrounded by giant blowups of herself. The film dwells on her dope and booze-bloated visage, and her silicone breasts. (For at least half of the film she is topless.) The movie offers some insight into Sedgwick's mind through her recollections of her glory days. It's obvious she is near the end, and her impending overdose is just around the corner in her real life, but the film only seems to exploit her tragedy. leave a comment

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