CHELSEA GIRLS was Andy Warhol's first "commercial" success as a filmmaker...
The film was shot in summer and fall of 1966 in the Hotel Chelsea, at Warhol's "Factory" studio and in the apartment where the Velvet Underground lived on 3rd Street...
CHELSEA GIRLS was booked into a prestigious 600 seat uptown theater in New York and actually distributed to theaters across the country. In 1966, it's unlikely that middle America had any idea that people like this even existed. Cinema-goers in Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington, San Diego and yes, even, Kansas City probably got their first exposure to actual drug addicts, yammering speed-freak narcissists, homosexuals, drag queens and a dominatrix when they watched CHELSEA GIRLS. To Warhol's delight, the film was even raided by the vice squad in Boston. The theater manager was arrested and later fined $2000 when a judge found him guilty of four charges of obscenity.
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Film still courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum
Cast: Nico, Eric Emerson, Ari Boulogne, Ondine, Ingrid Superstar
Screenplay: Ronald Tavel, Andy Warhol
Director of Photography: Andy Warhol
Composer: The Velvet Underground
Producer: Andy Warhol, Paul Morrissey
Director: Andy Warhol