❉ The legendary Ciao! Manhattan, long unavailable in the UK, is receiving its first ever Blu-ray release complete with fascinating special features.
‘Wedged between dark comic tragedy and documentary, there is magic flowing throughout…captures the vibe of the early Warhol Factory days better than any other’ – We Are Cult
Muse to Andy Warhol, actress, model, socialite and the original ‘It Girl’ Edie Sedgwick was a true Icon whose style still has an influence today.
The legendary Ciao! Manhattan, which sees the iconic Superstar take centre stage in her crowning – and only major role – a film that took years to make and was finally released in 1972 after her tragic death, has long been unavailable in the UK. But now, courtesy of Second Sight, the film is receiving its first ever Blu-ray release, arriving on 20 August 2018 complete with fascinating special features, including commentaries, interviews and ‘the lost Ciao! Manhattan reels’.
Written and directed by Factory regulars John Palmer and David Weisman this cult film is a semi-biographical take on Sedgewick’s life and captures a seminal time in history, the groundbreaking 1960s New York art scene.
Blending fact with fiction and filled with mesmerising footage of the infamous underground art movement and Warhol’s Factory, the film follows the story of a young woman, Susan Superstar, whose partying lifestyle and celebrity leads to her downfall. The film is interspersed with interviews with the actress and is made all the more poignant as sadly Sedgwick died shortly after the film was completed.
Ciao! Manhattan is a haunting portrait of a cultural icon.
❉ The lost Ciao! Manhattan reels
❉ Feature commentary by co-directors John Palmer and David Weisman and actor Wesley Hayes
❉ Video interviews with George Plimton, costume designer Betsey Johnson, David Weisman and Wesley Hayes
❉ Original trailer
❉ New English subtitles for the hearing impaired
❉ ‘Ciao! Manhattan’ Blu-ray to be released 20 August 2018 by Second Sight (Cat.No.: 2NDBR4087), RRP: £19.99. Cert: 15 Running Time: 84 mins approx.
❉ News source: Aim Publicity.
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❉ In case you missed it, catch up on We Are Cult’s look back on this troubled film here: https://wearecult.rocks/girl-on-fire-edie-sedgwick-in-ciao-manhattan-1972