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Blank City 2011

  • Celine Danhier
  • April 6, 2011
  • 94 mins
  • English
  • Documentary
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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


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I really don't get the poor rating here.

I was totally hooked by this film, watching the birth of No Wave Cinema, its implosion and then the natural progression into Cinema of Transgression - all of it bound by that era's soundtrack, snapshots taken off movies made back then, rounded up by a lot of accountings from people that were actually there, in the scene.

Great documentary!

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