Blank City (Blu-ray)

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 227174204
UPC 738329088927
UPC 14 00738329088927
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 3/14/2012
Film History
Editors Note
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.
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
Uncut "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
Cast & Crew
Peter Szollosi - Director of Photography
Contortions - Composer
Bush Tetras - Composer
DNA - Composer
Ecce Homo - Composer
Daniel Selzer - Music Director
Steve Buscemi - Host
Fab 5 Freddy - Host
Lydia Lunch - Host
Deborah Harry - Host
Jim Jarmusch - Host
Richard Kern - Host
Nick Zedd - Host
Thurston Moore - Host
John Waters - Host
Lydia Lunch - Composer
Sonic Youth - Composer
Patti Smith - Composer
Television - Composer
Eric Offin - Sound
Ryo Murakami - Director of Photography
Celine Danhier - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00738329088927
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 95 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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