Chelsea on the Rocks

Chelsea on the Rocks is a documentary film directed by Abel Ferrara about the Hotel Chelsea. It premiered out of competition at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. The film features Ferrara interviewing people who have and had lived at the hotel, intercut with dramatized footage of some famous events that took place there. During the film's interviews and docudrama Gaby Hoffmann, Dennis Hopper, Robert Crumb, Adam Goldberg and Bijou Phillips make appearances.

Chelsea on the Rocks
Directed byAbel Ferrara
Written byAbel Ferrara
David Linter
Chris Zois
Produced byJen Gatien
David D. Wasserman
StarringAbel Ferrara
Vito Acconci
Donald Baechler
Stanley Bard
Miloš Forman
Ethan Hawke
Sathima Bea Benjamin
Jamie Burke
CinematographyDavid Hausen
Ken Kelsch
Edited byLangdon Page
Music byRobert Burger
Release date
  • May 23, 2008 (2008-05-23) (Cannes)
  • October 2, 2009 (2009-10-02) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival out of competition,[1][2] and opened in theatres on October 2, 2009.[3]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 71% based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 6.92/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Abel Ferrara's loving portrait of New York's Chelsea Hotel is less interested in telling the story of its famous residents than in exploring the magic of the place that housed so many moments in rock history."[4]


  1. ^ "Chelsea on the Rocks The Movie". Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  2. ^ "Special Screenings: "Chelsea on the Rocks" by Abel Ferrara". Cannes Film Festival. May 23, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Chelsea on the Rocks". 1 October 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  4. ^ Chelsea on the Rocks (2009), retrieved 2019-10-11

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