New York. Merchant / Ivory Production. 1989.
A Press Packet in card folder 12 x 9 inches, emblazoned with the title of the film on the front cover. Very good condition. Contents include 36 pp. "production notes" on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. These "notes" comprise a listing of actors and behind-the-scenes personnel, brief biographies of both featured players and creative staff, a listing of the recording artists whose music was used in the film, and an outline of the film's narrative by Janowitz. Also included are a dozen 8 x 10 inch glossy black and white photos featuring the film's stars (Bernadette Peters, Mercedes Ruehl, etc.) and a folded card touting the "Inaugural Opening" at "the GALLERY" of an exhibit featuring "artists whose work appeared in the Film Slaves of New York." Printed opposite the announcement of the Opening is an alphabetical listing of the 29 artists whose product can be glimpsed in the film. Critic Roger Ebert began his review of the film, which was a major box office flop, by stating: "I detest The Slaves of New York." Nonetheless, the Press Packet is an interesting ephemeral item documenting an aspect of New York's art scene (as envisioned by the film-makers) circa 1989. Item #48683