Chelsea Girls (1966)
Average Rating: 7.1/10
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One of the first "underground" films of the 1960's to achieve a degree of mainstream acceptance (it was an actual hit in New York City, was well-received in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and was banned in Chicago and Boston), Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls offered a long, unblinking look into the lives of Warhol's retinue of "superstars" as they showed off for the camera in their various rooms in the notorious Chelsea Hotel, long a favored New York hangout for writers, artists and bohemians.
Jan 1, 1966 Wide
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A pointless, excruciatingly dull three-and-a-half hours spent in the company of Andy Warhol's friends.
Watching and waiting brought some amazing performances before Warhol's camera: Emerson's stoned monologue, Ondine's violent, sourly comic rant on being pope.
The results are often spellbinding; the juxtaposition of two film images at once gives the spectator an unusual amount of freedom in what to concentrate on and what to make of these variously whacked-out performers.
The dueling image visual feast is endlessly stimulating, even if you don't take the requisite drugs beforehand.
A film whose importance as a 1960s cultural statement outweighs any intrinsic value it may have as a film, Chelsea Girls is nevertheless fascinating, provocative, and hilarious.
At nearly four hours long, The Chelsea Girls offers too few rewards to the patient.
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