DREAMING WALLS: INSIDE THE CHELSEA HOTEL – Review by Martha K Baker

The promotional blurb for Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel promises that it “takes us through the hotel’s storied halls, exploring its living body and the bohemian origins that contributed to its mythical stature.” Well, yes and no. Certainly, references are made to famous artists such as Patti Smith and Janis Joplin, but most of the film concentrates on the old guard living there.

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DREAMING WALLS – Review by Valerie Kalfrin

New York City’s Chelsea Hotel has been called a bohemian utopia, but for longtime resident Rose Cory, it’s like a grand old tree with deep roots and life, even after being chopped down. Cory, who has lived at the hotel since 1978, provides resonant thoughts about the iconic building’s crossroads in the documentary Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel. Partly an elegy to the hotel’s edgy heyday and a tribute to those still living there, the film gives viewers a glimpse inside this landmark where artists and intellectuals lived — and more than a few died.

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