Saturday, March 13, 2010

inspiring moments: SLAVES OF NEW YORK

Slaves of New York is a 1989 comedy-drama starred Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard, Chris Sarandon, Mary Beth Hurt, Mercedes Ruehl, Madeleine Potter, and Steve Buscemi.

Based on the stories Slaves of New York by Tama Janowitz, the film follows the lives of struggling artists in New York City during the mid-1980s.

The story follows Eleanor, an aspiring hat designer, and a group of artists and models in the "downtown" New York City art world. Eleanor lives with her younger boyfriend Stash, an unknown artist, who is unfaithful and treats Eleanor with careless indifference. Eleanor expresses her feelings for Stash when she tells him that she was once attracted to him because he was dangerous. She stays with him despite the crumbling relationship because she has no where else to live—she is, in effect, a "slave."

When a clothing designer, Wilfredo (Steve Buscemi), discovers her quirky hat designs (they look like something Lady GaGa would be wearing today) and offers to use them in a fashion show, Eleanor gains the self-respect—and money—to leave Stash. There is an elaborate fashion show sequence featuring the designs of one of my favorite designers Stephen Sprouse.

here is one of the most memorable scenes in the movie......

After seeing this film as a young kid, I was so inspired to leave Memphis and one day live the life of an successful underground artist in New York City. ....I AM LIVING MY DREAM (at least part of it...)

1 comment:

  1. I have not visited your blog in a minute, but I have mad admiration for your work, and your introduction of the other-worldly Mr Rob Evans! I felt a bit nostalgic when I saw this video clip... Because that is ME, Princess Diandra as DIANA ROSS!