Ciao! Manhattan (1972)


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Supermodel Edie Sedgwick's true life story is related here, telling of how her fame led to her destruction.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Television, Art House & International, Documentary, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Written By: John Palmer, David Weisman
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On DVD: Dec 10, 2002


as Dr. Braun

as Fashion Editor

as Verdecchio

as Geoffrey
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Monotonous and nearly incomprehensible.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Top Critic

Two attempts at a movie spliced uneasily into one.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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At bottom Ciao! Manhattan is cruel exploitation -- though the film is dedicated to Miss Sedgwick's memory, an ultimate indignity.

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

You'll hate yourself in the morning, but you'll sit through it.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not a great movie, but absolutely essential viewing.

November 30, 2007

Whether [Edie Sedgwick] is acting or stoned-for-real with a model's instincts propping her up, her performance is wonderful, highly amusing at all the right moments, yet melancholy in a way which is free of self-pity.

November 27, 2007

Audience Reviews for Ciao! Manhattan

Give credit to Edie Sedgwick's death for the popularity of this film, but even if she had lived it would've been an incredible and strange scrapbook of what the 1960's culture represented and how it worked. It's interesting to see because it's basically almost a documentary.

Quinto Wallight

Super Reviewer

It's been mentioned before, but Edie is the only real draw to this film. She is incandescent (probably because of the massive amounts of speed she was on) in the "flashback" 1967 scenes, and bordering on grotesque in the "modern" 1971 scenes. Either way, you can't really look away. She is a great and tragic reminder of fame's tendency to chew you up and spit you out, and much like Marilyn in her later films, you just want to give her a big hug and tell her that it will all be okay. That being said, the rest of the film is somewhat... icky to watch, with all male characters having that greasy STD look about them that was so popular in the 1970's (except the Jesus character, who had beautiful eyes.) The plot was at best confusing, and not in an entertaining way (at least if you aren't on drugs when watching it.) The constant breasts are obviously exploitative, and the alien/spaceship references are obtuse. I don't regret watching it, but certainly don't recommend.

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