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Chelsea Hotel 

BBC documentary that catches scenes in the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City.

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Nigel Finch
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Episode credited cast:
Stanley Bard Stanley Bard ... Hotel manager
Joe Bidewell Joe Bidewell ... Himself
Jobriath Boone ... Himself
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Alpheus Cole Alpheus Cole
Quentin Crisp Quentin Crisp ... Himself
George Kleinsinger George Kleinsinger
Arthur Marks Arthur Marks ... Tour guide
Nico ... Herself
Virgil Thomson
Viva ... Herself
Andy Warhol ... Himself
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BBC documentary that catches scenes in the famous Chelsea Hotel in New York City.

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

3 January 1981 (UK) See more »

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(original)

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Color
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Apparently the last video footage of the glam singer Jobriath, who plays a snippet of his musical "Sunday Brunch" and clowns in front of the camera. See more »

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A look at some of the residents at the the famous New York hotel
28 May 2007 | by max-crackSee all my reviews

This TV documentary was made for the UK BBC TV "Arena" strand in 1981, and shows some of the colourful residents of and people connected with the New York Chelsea Hotel. Some highlights include Andy Warhol and William Burroughs having dinner; Quentin Crisp pontificating in a blue rinse hairdo on his balcony and Nico forgetting what she is talking about halfway through a dour rendition of "Chelsea Girls". A number of lesser-known characters also appear, linked together by a tour guide walking around the building and some sub-Shining sequences of a child cycling round the landings on a rickety tricycle.

Worth seeing. Also something of a time capsule, since one notices that most of those who appear are now no longer with us.


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