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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
Viva and Taylor Mead are a married couple renting an extra beach-house to a group of surfers sent to them by a Mr. Morrissey of La Jolla Realty. Their daughter, Ingrid Superstar, is ... 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 »
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. Reel Titles: Group One (30 mins.) Sunset Beach on Long Island (30 mins.) High Ashbury (segment 76) (30 mins.) Tiger Morse (filmed Nov. 66) (with Ultra Violet, Ondine, Nico) (20 mins.) International Velvet (filmed Jan. 67) (30 mins.) Allen and Dickin (filmed 1967) (with Allen Midgette and Dicken) (2 hrs.) Imitation of Christ (8hrs.) Courtroom> (filmed Dec. 66) (30 mins.) Gerard Has His Hair Removed with Nair (filmed July 67) (30 mins.) Katrina Dead (segment 23) (30 mins.) Sausalito (30 mins.) Allen and Apple (filmed late January 67) (With Allen Midgette) (30 mins.) Ondine and Ingrid (segment 68) (30 mins.) Ivy and Susan (30 mins.) Sunset in California (30 mins.) Ondine in Yellow Hair (30 mins.) Philadelphia Story (30 mins.) Katrina (segment 25) (30 mins.) Barbara...Written by
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According to the Jonas Mekas filmography, the full version of **** (Four Stars) was shown on December 15-16, 1967 at the New Cinema Playhouse in New York. Mekas gives the address of the New Cinema as 125 West 41st Street but the handbill for the cinema, reproduced above, lists the address as 120 West 42nd Street. Note also that the handbill says "continuous showings from 1 p.m." According to David Bourdon, the full-length version began at 8:30 pm on the 15th and continued until 9:30 pm on the 16th. See more »
Four Stars (or,'****:The 25 Hour Movie')from 1967 was a one time only event,where several reels of film shot over a period of several months by Andy Warhol & associates that year were screened in one insane 25 hour blast. According to sources,the films were screened side by side (like Chelsea Girls from the year before). A majority of the films were fairly short (most of them were only 30 minutes), but a one time only screening of the eight hour plus opus,'Imitation Of Christ' was also on view for those with the back bone for it ('Imitation would eventually be re-edited down to a fourth of it's original running time for a wider release). Also included was the infamous film, 'F**k' (which would eventually be re-titled 'Blue Movie')was also on tap. The (obvious)high water mark for the film(s)was the music score,which included (among others)The Velvet Underground (sorry,no soundtrack record album of the music from '****' was ever made available---at least I don't think so,in the legal sense anyway---perhaps a bootleg may exist somewhere). The films starred the usual contingent of Andy Warhol's Factory hanger on's, including (but not limited to)Ondine,Nico,Jackie Curtis,and others. Obviously not rated by the MPAA (which had not even implemented it's rating system,yet),but as any other Warhol production, contains nudity,on screen sexuality,pervasive language,drug use & other material that junior probably should not be subjected to ('Blue Movie'would eventually land itself the requisite 'X' rating when it was given an independent release the following year,when '****' was dismantled & most of the reels were stashed away in Warhol's closet)
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