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Blank City (2009)

Cast: Steve Buscemi, John Waters, Jim Jarmusch, more...
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Studio: Lorber Films
Genre: Documentary, Film, Quirky Characters
Running Time: 95 min.

In the years before Ronald Reagan took office, Manhattan was in ruins. But true art has never come from comfort, and it was precisely those dire circumstances that inspired artists like Jim Jarmusch, Lizzy Borden, and Amos Poe to produce some of their best works. Taking their cues from punk rock and new wave music, these young maverick filmmakers confronted viewers with a stark reality that stood in powerful contrast to the escapist product being churned out by Hollywood. Interviews with the aforementioned artists as well as Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi, John Waters, John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, and Thurston Moore reveal how a group of young visionaries pooled their resources to birth a film movement that produced some of the most challenging art of the 20th century.

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Before There Was YouTube by Wedge9 March 18, 2013 - 10:22 PM PDT
Really interesting peek into a lo-def, lo-fi subculture that shared space with No Wave and CBGB's. New York was a seedier, dirtier place then, and that atmosphere of the "real" city pervades the movie.

One thing that surprised me was how many of these movies were made just to be gross or shocking rather than "artsy." These aren't all quiet, contemplative, Jon Jarmusch style films -- there was loud, raunchy work being done as well.

Really cool to see how some of these people look today -- I'd have loved to find out more about what some of them are doing.

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