Ciao Manhattan (1972)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): B

USA, 1972. , , . Original concept by , , Screenplay by John Palmer, David Weisman, additional story by John Palmer, David Weisman, . Cinematography by John Palmer, . Produced by , David Weisman. Music by . Costume Design by . Film Editing by .

makes her final film appearance in a project seemingly conceived as a tribute to her success as a member of Andy Warhol’s Factory, and her subsequent downfall thanks to the substance abuse that followed.    is driving his car through California when he picks up a bare-breasted Sedgwick hitchhiking, accompanying her home to her mansion where her socialite mother () hires him to look after her. Sedgwick already has minding her, but he’s slowly checking out while Hayes, who sets up with the star in the makeshift bedroom she has set up in a dried out swimming pool, can’t get enough of her stories of the past. Skillful editing combines file footage of Sedgwick’s days in Warhol’s world with created footage of the life she lived between then and now, engaging in a relationship with that went nowhere fast, and her involvement with a doctor () who was looking to exploit her sexually more than help her. It would be a clever experiment at poking holes in reality accompanied by creative flights of fiction, except that it’s a devastating bore, made that much more difficult to watch by the star’s obviously compromised health (she died before production was complete, at the age of 28) and the fact that the filmmakers are clearly piecing together a plot from whatever footage they could complete with her.

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