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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 227174204
UPC: 738329088927
UPC 14: 00738329088927
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Editor's Note
Take a trip back to a time when New York City wasn't all glitz and glamour as filmmaker Celine Danhier offers a look at the birth of "No Wave Cinema" and the vibrant art scene that exploded out of the East Village in the late '70s. 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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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/14/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00738329088927
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: (unknown/unconverted)

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Peter Szollosi - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Contortions - Composer
Video Cast Info Bush Tetras - Composer
Video Cast Info DNA - Composer
Video Cast Info Ecce Homo - Composer
Video Cast Info Daniel Selzer - Music Director
Video Cast Info Steve Buscemi - Host
Video Cast Info Fab 5 Freddy - Host
Video Cast Info Lydia Lunch - Host
Video Cast Info Deborah Harry - Host
Video Cast Info Jim Jarmusch - Host
Video Cast Info Richard Kern - Host
Video Cast Info Nick Zedd - Host
Video Cast Info Thurston Moore - Host
Video Cast Info John Waters - Host
Video Cast Info Lydia Lunch - Composer
Video Cast Info Sonic Youth - Composer
Video Cast Info Patti Smith - Composer
Video Cast Info Television - Composer
Video Cast Info Eric Offin - Sound
Video Cast Info Ryo Murakami - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Celine Danhier - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[Danhier] illuminates a hectic and fascinating place and time, bringing it back to life and tracing its continuing influence." 04/06/2011

A.V. Club
"[I]t's exciting to see clips from these often-hard-to-find films, and it's rare for a rise-and-fall-of-an-artistic-movement story to have a second act, as BLANK CITY does." -- Grade: B 04/07/2011

Film Comment
"[A] terrific documentary about a 30-year-old Lower Manhattan micro-niche. BLANK CITY mixes present-day interviews with a liberal sampling of 'period' imagery, including clips from actual No Wave films..." 03/01/2011

Los Angeles Times
"Danhier evocatively recaptures this gritty period of anything-goes creativity in the thorough, decidedly non-romanticized documentary BLANK CITY." 05/26/2011

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "The documentary does a formidable job of sampling countless films now mostly forgotten....It gathers many of the artists, now middle-aged, to recollect a time of heedless youth." 07/06/2011

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "The underground art scene of late-70's New York gets a lively revival in Celine Danhier's documentary....Clips of the artists' output fascinate..." 04/01/2012

Sight and Sound
"Celine Danhier's portrait of the time is brisk, savvy and not overly serious....It's a story as lovely as it is iconic..." 04/01/2012

"Celine Danhier's evocative, slightly elegiac documentary charts the downtown movie movement's scuzzy flowering, mixing new interviews with key ageing players..." 05/01/2012

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