Nico/Nico Crying. 1966. USA. Directed by Andy Warhol. With Nico. Soundtrack by members of The Velvet Underground. Digital 16mm film transfer. 66 min.
Nico/Nico Crying is a two-reel extended portrait of the ultimate Chelsea Girl. In it, Nico sits for over an hour while dazzling colored lights and psychedelic-patterned slides—first used during Exploding Plastic Inevitable performances—are projected onto her statuesque face. She breaks down in tears during the second reel, which is only one that made it into the final version of The Chelsea Girls. As the last reel on the left side of the screen, it provides a visual and emotional complement to Ondine’s dark, papal rage playing on the right.