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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 21, 2011
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: Hannover House
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Featured:||Dennis Hopper, Ethan Hawke, Gaby Hoffmann, Milos Forman, Vito Acconci, Andy Warhol, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, William S. Burroughs, Sid Vicious, Nancy Spungen, Grace Jones, Bijou Phillips, Adam Goldberg & Giancarlo Esposito|
|Directed by||Abel Ferrara|
|Produced by||Jen Gatien & David Wasserman|
|Director of Photography:||Ken Kelsch|
Rating: 3/4 -- This is Ferrara's first documentary since 1977, and it has the crackbrained air of menace and the ferocious humor that mark his fictional works. Full Review
San Francisco Chronicle
Rating: 2/5 -- Ferrera's shaggy tone, which fits the iconic building, gets irritating. Still, if you come for the stories, you'll stay for the company. Full Review
New York Daily News
Rating: 6/10 -- A creative community is as fragile an ecosystem as any salt marsh and just as easily destroyed: Chelsea on the Rocks celebrates a hotel which nurtured some of the greatest talents of the twentieth century. Full Review
The star turn is, of course, the hotel's eccentric former manager Stanley Bard...
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Fond and funky elegy Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- A visually poetic, if erratically edited, portrait illustrating how "the energy of this hotel is bigger than the people in it." Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- There's a great movie to be made about the Chelsea Hotel; unfortunately, this isn't it.
In this documentary, famed filmmaker (and native New Yorker) Abel Ferrara chronicles the history of a fading piece of the city, the Chelsea Hotel. The building has been home to legends such as Bob Dylan, Charles Bukowski, and R. Crumb, but its management is trying to make more money with richer tenants while the current artist denizens are turned out. A resident of the Chelsea Hotel, Ferrara recruits his current and former neighbors--including Milos Forman, Dennis Hopper, and Ethan Hawke--to comment on the changes. Actors Bijou Phillips, Adam Goldberg, Giancarlo Esposito, and Grace Jones help Ferrara re-create the building's fabled history, including the lives of infamous tenants Sid Vicious and Janis Joplin. CHELSEA ON THE ROCKS goes beyond the walls of the hotel, telling the story of a city in flux.
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