Chelsea Girls 1966
The Chelsea Girls is an experimental underground film that became a major force in commercial cinema. Warhol provides an insight into the life of vice and delights led by socialites, models and artists living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York during the sixties.
Shot over the course of 4 months with a loosely scripted but mostly improvised storyline Warhol filmed footage in various rooms throughout the hotel. The entire was estimated to have cost just $1500 – $3000 and during the first 19 weeks of screening in New York alone, The Chelsea Girls made $130000.
The movie was shown in split screen and it is suggested that this was because Warhol had originally shot 7.5 hours of footage.