Tuesday, August 09, 2022

I Remember You Well, Chelsea Hotel

Did anyone catch the iconic Hotel Chelsea awning out for a spin yesterday in the East Village? A new documentary, "Dreaming Walls," catches us up to date at the legendary lodging -- where we used to celebrate birthdays at El Quijote and go to art shows in the lobby -- until it closed for more than a decade for renovations. 

Deadline writes:
“It’s a film of encounters and the people we met, we love them,” explains Maya Duverdier, who co-directed the film with Amélie van Elmbt. “We wanted to talk about these lives that have been in the shadow, in a way, of the bigger names.” 
The bigger names range from Mark Twain in the 19th century to Oscar Wilde in the early 20th. Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, Madonna, Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin, composer Virgil Thomson, Jack Kerouac, Thomas Wolfe, Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawke, Stanley Kubrick and fellow filmmaker Miloš Foreman, and the artist Christo, have all been associated with the Hotel Chelsea in one way or another. Andy Warhol shot films there. The Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious may or may not have stabbed his girlfriend to death there in 1978. But the filmmakers believe the lesser known residents may be just as responsible for creating the Chelsea aura.
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