This was the first Andy Warhol film to emerge from the underground and play at art houses.
The original version comprised two films projected side by side, with a combined running time of three-and-a-half hours.
The version premiered in London in 1968, which still turns up occasionally, is one film lasting two hours.
It consists of 12 virtually unedited takes in which such Warhol regulars as Nico, Ingrid Superstar and International Velvet improvise dialogue in rooms at New York’s Chelsea Hotel.
Many are boring or inaudible, but some of them are real shockers – like the “confession” scene in which “Pope” Ondine, presumably off his head on some drug or other, becomes genuinely violent, smacking Nico round the face and ranting uncontrollably.
Angelica ‘Pepper’ Davis
Albert René Ricard