The Chelsea Girls
DIRECTOR: ANDY WARHOL AND PAUL MORRISSEY
CAST: BRIGID BERLIN, RANDY BORSCHEIDT, ANGELINA 'PEPPER' DAVIS, GERARD MALANGA, MARIE MENKEN, MARIO MONTEZ, NICO, ONDINE, INGRID SUPERSTAR, MARY WORONOV
Metrograph is turning two, and how better to celebrate than with the ultimate double-barreled movie, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey’s art-house blockbuster? A peek into various rooms of Manhattan’s Chelsea Hotel, populated by Warhol’s hopped-up or strung-out Superstars—Nico, Brigid Berlin, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Mario Montez—who all make appearances in front of the penetrating, unforgiving camera, their personas writ large. Projected double system, two 16mm films screened next to each other to make a wide frame, the sound moving from one side to the other, picking up the alternately wonderfully verbose speeches and mumblings of these incredible personalities: it’s the kind of cinematic event that, by design, can only be experienced on the big screen.
The Chelsea Girls is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.