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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 Brigid Berlin ... Herself - The Duchess (as Brigid Polk)
Randy Borscheidt Randy Borscheidt ... Himself
Christian Päffgen Christian Päffgen ... Himself (as Ari)
Angelina 'Pepper' Davis Angelina 'Pepper' Davis ... Herself
Dorothy Dean Dorothy Dean ... Herself
Eric Emerson Eric Emerson ... Himself
Patrick Flemming Patrick Flemming ... Himself
Ed Hood Ed Hood ... Himself
Arthur Loeb Arthur Loeb ... Himself
Donald Lyons Donald Lyons ... Himself
Gerard Malanga Gerard Malanga ... Son
Marie Menken Marie Menken ... Mother
Mario Montez Mario Montez ... Transvestite
Nico ... Herself
Ondine 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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USA

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English | Portuguese

Release Date:

November 1968 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chelsea-lányok See more »

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Mono

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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

[last lines]
Ondine - 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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Connections

Referenced in Factory Days: Paul Morrissey Remembers the Sixties (2006) See more »

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"Everything is pretty."
17 February 1999 | by matt-201See 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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