Review: ‘The Chelsea Girls’

The Chelsea Girls, perhaps the first Underground film to be accorded specifically non-Underground screenings, is a pointless, excruciatingly dull three-and-a-half hours spent in the company of Andy Warhol's friends. Warhol has attempted to counter all conventional methods of filmmaking, and the result is an anti-film or, more accurately, a non-film.

The Chelsea Girls, perhaps the first Underground film to be accorded specifically non-Underground screenings, is a pointless, excruciatingly dull three-and-a-half hours spent in the company of Andy Warhol’s friends. Warhol has attempted to counter all conventional methods of filmmaking, and the result is an anti-film or, more accurately, a non-film.

There is no plot-line. The single unifying device is that the film takes place in several rooms of a downtown hotel. Typical scenes include a blank-looking blonde trimming and combing her hair, a lesbian bullying her roommates, another lesbian talking endlessly on the phone, a homosexual eating an orange, a middle-aged homosexual and a girl competing for the attentions of a half-nude male, a girl on LSD confessing to a homosexual priest.

The Chelsea Girls

Production

Warhol. Director Andy Warhol; Producer Andy Warhol

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 210 MIN.

With

Robert Olivio Ondine Mary Might Nico Ingrid Superstar Mario Montez
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