Inside the Chelsea Hotel trailer shines a light on the iconic building

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A new documentary film will tell the story of the Chelsea Hotel and the people who still live there. Magnolia Pictures & Magnet Releasing has released a new trailer for the upcoming documentary.

The trailer begins with shots of the hotel and voiceovers of people explaining that the Chelsea Hotel is also a fantasy land and a place where people can feel free. It then shows older images of some of the famous people who have stayed at the hotel, with one person claiming that “every immortal of the 20th century” has stayed there at some point. This includes people such as Patti Smith, Janis Joplinand Andy Warhol.

The two-minute trailer then moves to show footage of the people still living in the hotel, which a voiceover describes as “relics of another era in New York City.” A resident shows the filmmakers the interior of the building, which is under construction. He then tells the camera crew that the hotel tried to move all the residents to the first floor. This is because the hotel is trying to reopen as a “posh and expensive” place to stay. It then shows a resident knocking on her window as the construction crew boards an elevator, telling them to “stop”. The trailer goes on to explain how the presence of the celebrities who stayed there is still felt, with one construction worker describing them as “ghosts”. The trailer ends by depicting the Chelsea Hotel as a tree, even though it has been cut down there is still life and the roots are deep.

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The movie was directed by Amelie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdier. Martin Scorsese also serves as an executive producer for the film. Scorsese’s previous work in the documentary genre includes those from 2014 The 50-year argument2011 George Harrison: Living in the Material Worldand the 2010s Public speaking. Lori Cheatle is also an executive producer of the film.

The Chelsea Hotel has served as the setting for many films over the years. One of the movies was from 1966 Chelsea Girlsdirected by Warhol and Paul Morrissey. 2001 Chelsea Walls, based on the 1990 play, told the stories of artists who live in the hotel. The movie was directed by Ethan Hawke and featured Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurmanand Robert Sean Leonard. The 2009 Japanese horror film Chelsea Hotel follows a newlywed couple who travel to the famous hotel for their honeymoon. It was realized by Jorge Valdes-Iga and featured Nao Nagasawa and Justin Morck.


Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel is scheduled for July 8. In the meantime, check out the new trailer for the film below:

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