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Chelsea Girls (1966)

 -  Drama  -  November 1968 (Denmark)
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Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brigid Berlin ...
Herself - The Duchess (as Brigid Polk)
Randy Borscheidt ...
Himself
Ari Boulogne ...
Himself (as Ari)
Angelina 'Pepper' Davis ...
Herself
Dorothy Dean ...
Herself
Eric Emerson ...
Himself
Patrick Flemming ...
Himself
Ed Hood ...
Himself
Arthur Loeb ...
Himself
Donald Lyons ...
Himself
Gerard Malanga ...
Son
Marie Menken ...
Mother
Mario Montez ...
Transvestite
Nico ...
Herself
Ondine ...
Himself - Pope
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Lacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen.

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Also Known As:

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Originally created as a six-hour film, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey decided to screen the pieces of the film in pairs. Projectionists were allowed to choose how to combine the films and which sound tracks to run or turn off. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Himself - Pope: By the way, "The Bride Of Frankenstein" is the greatest movie ever made. It's just fabulous... Isn't it?
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Featured in Warhol's Cinema 1963-1968: Mirror for the Sixties (1989) See more »

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"Everything is pretty."
17 February 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Maddening but exquisite--one of the most beautiful of all American movies. The genius of Warhol as filmmaker was his stubborn insistence--conscious or otherwise--on bringing the principles of portraiture in painting to movies. Warhol understood that the power of the portrait is as psychological as it is technical, and his strategies for eliciting "acting" were as excruciating as they are potent. In his filmed "still lifes" of Edie Sedgwick and Henry Geldzahler he seemed to extract a spiritual radiance through duration and discomfort as if from a syringe, and in "Chelsea Girls" the concentrated sadism of his directing style produces similarly unpredictable, human, extravagant results. Shown with two projectors (one randomly producing sound, the other silent), the film shows three and a half hours of faces--superstars and hangers-on hung out to dry in front of an impassive and directionless camera that, after the maestro's fashion, silently encourages the "performers" to entertain. Some twist in the wind, others outdo all expectations; something palpably human, essential, unprojected is born of all of them. The film is hard going when seen in a theatre, but by the time Warhol gets to the transcendent, almost wordless rhapsody of the final garishly colored reels, the trek pays off like a sunburst.


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