Plexifilm Acquires "ciao! Manhattan": Will Re-release 1972 Edie Sedgwick Cult Classic

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  1. oscar_merkx

    oscar_merkx Lead Actor

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    http://www.plexifilm.com/release061102.html
    The film also features Warhol Factory luminaries Paul America, Viva, Brigid Berlin, and Baby Jane Holzer; Texan hitchhiker Wesley Hayes and veteran Hollywood movie star Isabel Jewell (LOST HORIZONS, GONE WITH THE WIND) in her final screen role, as well as cameos by French directors Roger Vadim & Christian Marquand and Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. Like MEAN STREETS and SERPICO (both of which were coupled with CIAO! MANHATTAN as subjects of a 1974 New York Review Of Books cover story), the film defines the peculiar zeitgeist prevalent in the aftermath of Vietnam and Watergate. Upon its release, Jonas Mekas of the Village Voice dubbed the film "the Citizen Kane of the Drug Generation" and Janet Maslin writing for the New York Times called Edie, "The very image of mid-1960s decadent glamour." Sedgwick was also the subject of the 1982 bestseller EDIE: AN AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY by Jean Stein & George Plimpton, and while it's been 30 years since her death at age 28, Edie's allure remains undiminished today as yet another new generation discovers the ultimate "Superstar."
    Filmmaker David Weisman recently discovered over 30 hours of pristine 35mm outtake footage from the film, believed lost for decades. This astounding trove of archival material contains rare glimpses of Edie -- making her "entrance" into the legendary Max's Kansas City, shopping at Paraphernalia with Uma Thurman's mom Nena, chatting with Allen Ginsberg amid thousands of flower-children at the first "Be-In" in Central Park on Easter Sunday 1967 and carelessly strolling Times Square at night with boyfriend, Paul America. The CIAO! MANHATTAN DVD, to be released in October, will feature much of this never-before-seen footage of Edie, anecdotes and commentary from former Warhol Factory cohorts as well as an examination of the significance of Edie's legacy over the years.
     
  2. DonaldB

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    Has Plexifilm released any DVDs yet? It seems like ages ago that they announced their intentions to bring us Mala Noche and some other cult films, but there hasn't been a peep from them since then.
     
  3. Jay Gregory

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    First release date listed on their website is October for Ciao! Manhattan, as well as Benjamin Smoke. Style Wars is listed for November.
    DVD release dates TBD for I Am Trying To Break Your Heart, Mala Noche, and Hell House.
    Posted extras sound terrific. I'm looking forward to the October releases.
     

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