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Chelsea Girls (1966)

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
Christian Päffgen ...
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
...
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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November 1968 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Chelsea-lányok  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Woronov's mother, on seeing the film, sued Andy Warhol, as she had not signed a release allowing Warhol to use footage of her in the film. Warhol then paid the actors $1000 each for their releases. See more »

Quotes

Ingrid Superstar: Who wants to be an angel?
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) See more »

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It's a intolerable to watch! It's experimental avant garde!--It's both!
4 November 2001 | by (Rochester, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

You know when you let your mind drift--especially when under the influence of drugs or alcohol--and you think up some idea that sounds like it would be great? A typical non-genius would consider an idea like that later and think, "well, this sounded like a good idea then but it's just stupid now?" Thankfully, Warhol said to himself, "no, I'm a genius and therefore that was a good idea."

And what was this brilliant idea?

Film a bunch of drug users and couples in various rooms of a hotel then project two films at a time side-by-side, shifting the audio to switch focus.

Doesn't that sound amazingly fresh and cool?

Don't answer yet! You also get:

  • randomly twitchy camera work




  • quasi-purposeful film speed changes




  • having the camera's point-of-interest fail to follow the viewer's


desires

  • racking the zoom




  • sluggish response to bad focus after changing camera


positions

  • over- and under-exposure




Now how much would you pay?

With your average film you'd get three or four reels, but with this, you get _12 reels!_ Plus, you get sketchy instructions on when to do transitions and change projectors, putting _you in the driver seat!_

Operators are standing by.


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