Slaves of New York

USA | 1989 | 124 min | PG

An outlier in the Merchant/Ivory canon, SLAVES OF NEW YORK is a contemporary film set in the New York art world.


Aspiring hat maker Eleanor (Bernadette Peters) lives in a dead-end relationship with her painter boyfriend Stash, until she finally gets a big break from fashion designer Alfredo (Steve Buscemi). Shot on location on the Lower East Side, the movie captures the scene with madcap costume design by Carol Ramsey, and a memorable fashion show sequence featuring clothes by pioneering pop-punk designer Stephen Sprouse.


Director: James Ivory
Cast: Bernadette Peters, Adam Howard, Chris Sarandon, and Mercedes Ruehl


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Prior to the screening, series host Nathalie Atkinson on the hats, the hair, and the insanely 80s outfits.


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