Chelsea Girls (1967)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 2
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 957
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
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.
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.
Audience Reviews for Chelsea Girls
Discuss Chelsea Girls on our Movie forum!