The Chelsea Girls [digital version]. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Brigid Berlin (Brigid Polk), Susan Bottomly (International Velvet), Ari Boulogne, Ronnie Cutrone, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, Donnie, Eric Emerson, Patrick Fleming, Ed Hood, Gerard Malanga, Marie Menken, George Millaway, Mario Montez, Nico, Ondine, Ronna Page, Rene Ricard, Ingrid Superstar, Mary Woronov (Mary Might). Digital 16mm film transfer. 204 min.
Warhol’s epic double-screen masterpiece, presented in a new digital film transfer, is a glimpse into the New York underground of the 1960s. During the summer of 1966, after shooting several films featuring his Superstars and friends, Warhol “got the idea to unify all the pieces of these people’s lives by stringing them together as if they lived in different rooms” of the Chelsea Hotel. The Chelsea Girls, one of Warhol’s most ambitious and commercially successful films, is a brilliant example of the artist’s signature technique of assembling complete reels of unedited film in various ways.