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The movie is a bit of an experiement - some project group was giving 100K I think for a budget to shoot films on digital video - and so of course, it has some issues, but they work well for this movie - They give the environment some additional character - These people who bitch about lighting are the same ones who bitch about the lighting in Russian Ark and totally miss what is in many ways, a breakthrough in indepenedent Cinema. No longer are filmmakers required to budget for film (which is a major expense) - it can all be saved and edited digitally.
And that's not even going into the story - I fell in love with Rosario Dawson's Character, and totally understood Robert Sean Leonard's character as well (being a part time guitar player from MN myself who feels he's spinning his wheels) - And of course, this is an adaptation of a play, so you're not gonna have the grand sweeping car chases or explosions -
It's a terrible film for those who need their drama served up in portions of sex and violence, but as a study of the artistic condition, it blows me away.
And the music and poetry in the film rock too -
The dialogue and simple emotional exchange between Kris Kristofferson and Tuesday Weld in one scene is superbly rich. There is also some excellent acting by Vince D'Onofrio and Uma Thurman.
The music by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco really sets the emotional mood for this 'moment to moment' film and some guitar playing and folky music by Robert Sean Leonard is a pleasant surprise. Other noteworthy surprises include a performance by jazz veteran, Little Jimmy Scott (which adds immensely to the collage of diverse personalities and also to the mood of the soundtrack) and a cameo from Issac Hayes in an elevator scene.
Director, Ethan Hawke does a fine job of painting from a diverse palette of actors whose emotions richly color these Chelsea Walls.
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I really like independent films and this film has some well known actors but it was not watchable! I even tried to fast forward past what might have been some bad parts but it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angella
the story of a group of people who live in an apartment complex in Chelsea. I found it a little boring at times but overall its a good movie.Published on October 19, 2013 by Abby Joan
It's a slow, somber movie set in the Hotel Chelsea in New York. Great cast, great music. Don't try to sit with a group of people and watch it for movie night. Read morePublished on October 19, 2010 by J. Parker
This is an awesome movie!! It offers a poignant look at life among some outcast and odd characters who have taken up residence at New York City's Chelsea Hotel. Read morePublished on April 15, 2009 by Fairy Tale
Heureusement je n'ai pas acheté ce DVD: Je l'ai loué au videoclub de mon quartier. Et ils faut dire que j'ai passé presque deux heures d'ennui total!!! Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by Jacques
There stands a hotel. Not just your typical hotel, and definitely not a hotel that is run by the parent of the "Heiress of Fashion", but one where human culture was created. Read morePublished on July 27, 2007 by A. Gyurisin
Read Alex Grayson's articulate and thoughtful review (Jan. 3, 2007) which nails it.
Apparently Chelsea Walls is not for everyone, but if you watch this movie with an... Read more
This movie is great if you want to go to sleep and you ran out of boring books. Ethan Hawke leans to heavily on Kris Kristofferson's performances not to mention Jeff Tweedy's... Read morePublished on February 5, 2007 by BKX
i was really looking forward to this movie. the hotel is intrigueing, the cast looked amazing, and i'm a fan of ethan hawke. however, at first i was turned off by the movie. Read morePublished on November 13, 2004 by Joe Koski