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CHELSEA WALLS

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Chelsea Walls

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
109 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/19/02
performer:
Natasha Richardson, Uma Thurman, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Kris Kristofferson, Marisa Tomei, Frank Whaley, Steve Zahn
director:
Ethan Hawke
distributor:
Lions Gate Films
author:
Nicole Burdette
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

Bless Ethan Hawke. He’s out there living his boho life with Uma, doing the indie-actor thing, writing his novels, and now directing a low-budget, murky montage of a film (digital, no less) about New York City’s legendary haven for artistic types (Dylan Thomas, de Kooning, Sid and Nancy), the Chelsea Hotel. The earnestness of Hawke’s homage to the grimy demimonde of would-be artistes is almost touching, but it would take a finger-snapping Beat lover to stomach this hackneyed bunch of alcoholic/alienated/poetry-spouting/paint-stained/guitar-strumming ”dreamers.”