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Ciao! Manhattan (1972) John Palmer, David Weisman, Edie Sedgwick, Wesley Hayes, Isabel Jewell, Biography, Drama, Romance

Ciao! Manhattan (1972)
Ciao! Manhattan is the semi-biographical tale of 1960s counterculture icon Edie Sedgwick. Ciao! follows young Susan Superstar (Sedgwick) through her tumultuous party years in Manhattan as one of Warhol’s Superstars. Through actual audio recordings of Sedgwick’s account of her time in Warhol’s Factory in New York City, paired with clips from the original unfinished script started in 1967, Ciao! captures the complete deterioration of Sedgwick’s fictional alter-ego. The striking similarities between Sedgwick and Susan’s life story, especially when recounted by Sedgwick in the midst of drug-induced audio interviews, make the film’s candid depiction of excess and celebrity especially haunting. The film is dedicated to the memory of Sedgwick and ends with the actual headlines announcing Sedgwick’s (not Susan Superstar’s) death, thus inseparably associating the fictional and the genuine figure.

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The World’s Greatest Lover (1977) Gene Wilder, Gene Wilder, Carol Kane, Dom DeLuise, Comedy

The World's Greatest Lover (1977)
In the early 1920s Hollywood, Adolph Zitz, who surrounds himself with yes men, wants his movie studio, Rainbow, to be the greatest in town by making a movie called the “World’s Greatest Lover” and finding that next star to outshine Rudolph Valentino as the renowned screen lover of his time. Mild mannered and somewhat hapless Rudy Hickman dreams of being such a movie star, he daydreaming about it so much that he is unable to hold onto his bakery jobs. With his supportive but highly hysterical wife Annie Hickman by his side, Rudy, using the stage name Rudy Valentine, pulls up stakes from Milwaukee and heads to Hollywood to try out for that part. He ends up getting a screen test like the thousands of other hopefuls flooding Hollywood for the chance. Annie, who loves the movies herself but who is naive from not having had much exposure to the world, has ulterior motives for going to Hollywood.

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Louisiana Purchase (1941) Irving Cummings, Bob Hope, Vera Zorina, Victor Moore, Comedy, Musical

Louisiana Purchase (1941)
Graft is rampant in the government of a “mythical” Louisiana, and the arrival of U.S. Senate investigator Loganberry brings panic. The chief miscreants shift the blame on to their innocent tool, Jim Taylor, who to save himself must “compromise” the simon-pure Senator Loganberry. As his instrument, Jim selects Marina Von Minden, beautiful Viennese refugee. But matters become complicated when Jim falls for Marina… and she takes a liking for the Senator.

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Here Come the Marines (1952) William Beaudine, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Hanley Stafford, Comedy

Here Come the Marines 1952
The boys get drafted into the Marines. On their first day in basic training, their commanding officer discovers that Sach’s dad is an old war buddy of his, so he makes Sach a sergeant and places him in charge of the boys. While on the drill field, they discover the body of a dead Marine, and find a playing card on him that they trace to a local gambling house, where they suspect that the Marine was murdered.

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