Starring Bernadette Peters, Adam Coleman Howard and Chris Sarandon. Directed by James Ivory. Based on author Tama Janowitz’s collection of short stories of the same name, Slaves of New York immortalizes a cultural moment in the New York art world. The film centers on a group of struggling artists and creatives who will go to great lengths to have their fifteen minutes of fame. Bernadette Peters turns in one of her most memorable film portrayals in a movie that reflects both the noble and ignoble potentials of a life in the arts. 124 minutes. Rated R.
Starring Patty Duke, Susan Hayward, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Parkins. Directed by Mark Robson. In the opening scene of Valley of the Dolls, Susan Hayward barks, “The only hit that comes out of a Helen Lawson show is Helen Lawson. And that’s me, remember, baby?” From that moment forward the audience is treated to a camp classic of the first water. “Show business corrupts nice girls — that’s Valley’s sad, funny truth. Stay away from Hollywood (or Broadway), girls, if you want to keep your virtue and your sanity.