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.
Originally a twenty five hour film made up of shorter film segments. It consists of 83 reels each lasting approximately 33 minutes. A short story odyssey of film designed to be shown with two projectors playing simultaneously.
Donna and Jane are two American hippies, searching for sex and romance in Paris but, mainly, rich husbands. Eventually, Donna finds a perfume industrialist, Michael, who wishes to marry her... See full summary »
At a New York City restaurant, the patrons are men, nude but for a G-string, waited on by one woman, also clad in a G-string (played by Viva) and a G-bestringed (bestrung?) waiter. Some of ... See full summary »
Ondine is a gay man attempting to re-adjust his sexuality via various encounters with different women. After trying his luck with three women, Ondine becomes a background character in a ... See full summary »
Joe Spencer, a member of a motorcycle gang, is taking a shower. After his bout with personal hygiene, Joe encounters Andy Warhol's "superstars," who engage him in conversation. The ... See full summary »
A man and a woman live in a clothes-cabinet, literally; they contemplate leaving, but never do. For a time only their voices are heard, until they try to have some light, and open the door.... See full summary »
Andy Warhol, played by Rene Ricard, invites a friend (Edie Sedgwick) over to his apartment one evening to discuss his career. As they talk, the truth about how Andy uses and then throws ... See full summary »
Not as "minimalist" as one would expect from Warhol
I was lucky enough to view this later Warhol film, at the Vienna, Austia film festival. Surprisingly and contrary to most reviews I had read, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Granted, I am studying art myself, but I found that Warhol was actually trying to make a point with this one. Most of the complaints for his films revolve around how long and boring they are; and this is justifiable. The same could be said about "Imitation..." as well, but here, I felt Warhol set up characters that had a sense of meaning and spoke about real issues; they weren't just babbling in a drugged-out stupor. Whether you enjoy his style of film-making or not, I think anyone can appreciate an artist making a statement about life.
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