New Yorks Chelsea Hotel, a grandiose Victorian red-brick pile on West 23rd Street, is legendary for sheltering artists, would-be artists, misfits, drug addicts, and other marginal, colorful types in its residential rooms. But at the time filmmaker Abel Ferrara (Go Go Tales, Bad Lieutenant) made this entertaining documentary, the Chelseas new owners were intent on evicting the old tenants and boutique-ifying the property. So we get the nostalgic grand tour, and the notorious names and faces keep on coming: William Burroughs, Andy Warhol and entourage, Sid Vicious, Dennis Hopper, Grace Jones, Milos Forman, Ethan Hawke, Quentin Crisp, and so forth, mostly in file footage. Youll feel like youve lived there for a month before its over (88 min.).
Director: Abel Ferrara
Writer: Abel Ferrara and David Linter
Producer: Jen Gatien and David D. Wasserman
Cast: Ethan Hawk, Dennis Hopper, Milos Forman, Grace Jones, Bijou Phillips, William S. Burroughs, Ira Cohen, Sherry Cosovic, Quentin Crisp and Walter Cronkite