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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Saw it at Montreal's cinematheque: probably the greatest happening/improvisational Masterpiece ever made. I got to thanks the MoMA for the lend these gorgeous copies of 35mm. The experience was very masochism (half of the full room was empty at the end). You can't watch this film in your tv. you must live in theatre. The film is for me an interrogation about spectatorship, voyeurism and performance. Stunning.
This is not a typical film and I almost think it's inappropriate to consider it such. This is an instillation. On that note, it is a very good instillation. I wish I had more room to discuss what the difference is, alas I don't.
Alternately interesting and tedious. The split screen effect was cool, some of the dialogue was interesting and funny and it's a good document of the scene. On the other hand a lot of it was frequently tedious due to the scenes going on and on and the people being quite boring a lot of the time. Maybe the tedium is intended. Still really glad I got the chance to see it and I might up the rating at some point.
Fans of experimental / avant-garde cinema should see this buy a region-free DVD player and get your hands on a copy of this as soon as possible. However, those who prefer more conventional films should stay far, far away.
I actually loved it than what I expected to be. Warhol made better underground films than his art.
The Chelsea Girls is a masterpiece of the cinema, which can not be explained, but experienced. It draws you into this new realm and, when you least expect it, you are thrown right back out..
As a "movie", it's awful. The one take, amatuer style & split screen get old fast. Warhol's "Superstars" are very obnoxious; their drug addled rants and constant profanity not realy going anywhere interesting. It has some merit documenting the 60's Queer scene in New York, otherwise I wouldn't recommend seeing more than a few clips on YouTube if you're curious. I saw 90 minutes, don't find much point seeing any more.