Film Review by Kam Williams
Headline: Documentary Deconstructs Demise of Legendary Hotel as Haven for Bohemians
Over its lifespan, the
Sir Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying there, poet Dylan Thomas passed away there, and Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend to death there. And among the luminaries who launched their careers as guests of the establishment are Christo, Mapplethorpe, Joni Mitchell, Viva, Edie Sedgwick, The Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones, Uma Thurman and Alice Cooper.
Despite this rich, if sometimes checkered, history, the
For this reason, director Abel Ferrara decided to move into the
Not exactly art for art’s sake, more like a case of film for historic preservation’s sake!
Excellent (3.5 stars)
Rated R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and brief violence.
Running time: 88 minutes
Studio: Aliquot Films