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CURRENT VIEWING: BLANK CITY : 2008: Celine Danhier

Outfits that match the painting in the backdrop: directionalOutfits that match the painting in the backdrop: directional

Once upon a time (circa 1977) NYC was a a seething hotbed of DIY post-punk cool. Punk affected everything in the city's creative under-class, especially those hungry young newcomers who were labeled not-ready-for-primetime by the corporate monoliths that ruled the entertainment industry. When those talents picked up a cameras in that spirit the result were often times uneven but 30 years later the No Wave ideal has become mythic and romantic. Sorbonne law student Celine Danhier presents her elegy to the days of Amos Poe, James Nares, Beth and Scott B, Bette Gordon, Eric Mitchell, Lizzie Borden, Jim Jarmusch, Charlie Ahearn, Nick Zedd, Lydia Lunch, Richard Kern, and Casandra Stark in her documentary film "Blank City" and her timing is flawless.
Not only is the film an oral history of that time and place in underground American cinema but it captures a moment when Debbie Harry, Richard Hell, Steve Buscemi, Vincent Gallo, Ann Magnuson, and Jean-Michel Basquiat were young and unsettled in their talent, shuttling between music, art and cinema trying to figure out their place in the scheme of things. Figuring it out, day by day...its the dream of the current generation and seeing this film is bound to be an inspiration for anyone driven to find their own creative resolution.

Taste is a dictatorship.


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