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October 7, 2016
Odd, maybe TOO odd about a former fashion model who goes home to detoxify her drugged body. Somehow a native Texan wanders in and find out her life story... Or something. It's all very seventies abstract and it's both very fascinating and very boring. Worth it for the curiosity factor if anything. Plus Wesley Blake is easy on the eyes.
March 30, 2015
I was mesmerized by Butch, who was played by Wesley Hayes, but I can find absolutely no information on him from that movie on. He did a tremendous job as the naive but willing youngster brought into all the craziness that was Edie. What happened to him?
March 23, 2015
Saw CIAO! MANHATTAN (1972) on TCM last night. Kudos to them for showing films like this--but it's a lousy film with a few good things. This is the experimental film blending a B&W film from the 60's and a color film from '72. The script makes no sense and most of the performances are horrid (they dub an older actor with a weird carton voice). But there's some decent music and the fascinating freak show of seeing Edie Sedgwick, the Warhol Factory Girl, beautiful, fragile, stoned and falling apart. She's interesting, but it feels exploitive to the max to watch her stumbling around with a shirt. 1 star.
½ March 22, 2015
This interesting train wreck of a movie captures a time through a different time, each equally fucked up. CIAO! MANHATTAN more than anything, through all of its nonsense, captures the sad and miserable life of Edie Sedgwick who appeared to have it all when she in fact had nothing. She participates in her own exploitation and destruction all for the camera. CIAO! MANHATTAN cannot be deemed a good film, it's so totally inept, but it is an extraordinary work that captures the inner workings of a very sad life that was not destroyed by fame but by family and "friends."
October 28, 2014
Pretty bizarre, but it did capture the glamorous aspect of the 60s well.
October 26, 2014
must see cinema verite
March 25, 2013
A unique genre, and a disturbing tribute. If you're interested in Edie's turbulent life and ultimate demise, this is a must see. On its own as an art film I quite enjoyed it visually and musically.
November 5, 2012
I like the disjointed nature of this film, it's a lot like a drug experience. Video monitoring, wireless car phones, extraterrestrial's, speed and fruit pies all come together in this late 60's early 70's film treasure.
½ May 23, 2012
'clumsily pieced together film taken from two unfinished Sedgwick vehicles'
½ February 16, 2012
this is incomprehensible, exploitative and depressing. it's also totally worth watching.
January 27, 2012
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.
½ December 3, 2011
Being topless was good, but a sure eye-sore within seconds.. Idea may have been good, but the craftsmanship was darn awful.. Acting was beyond being bad..
October 25, 2011
Disturbing and wonderful. This is classic Pop culture, in all it's cruelty.
½ March 16, 2011
just a superstar and she is soo missed
March 10, 2011
Really quite sad seeing her so drugged up and out of it, but the older footage is just gold.
½ February 27, 2011
Not a great film, but you can just not stop looking also, very depressing too!
½ November 13, 2009
The real life "poor little rich girl," Edie Sedgwick is tragic in this fictional autobiography. If that sounds like a contradiction, it is since the lines are blurred between the tragic reality of Sedgwick's life and the myth that surrounds her heyday as a youthquaker during the so-called Silver Sixties. The film plays out like a real-life version of "Sunset Boulevard" where the ugly side of fame is left tarnished.
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