Blank City

Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Céline Danhier interview; Deleted & extended scenes; Out-takes; Trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2012
  • UPC: 738329088828
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Kino Video
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,696

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Jarmusch Participant
Deborah Harry Participant
Steve Buscemi Participant
Fab 5 Freddy Participant
Thurston Moore Participant
Richard Kern Participant
Lydia Lunch Participant
John Waters Participant
Nick Zedd Participant
Technical Credits
Celine Danhier Director
Josh Braun Executive Producer
Dan Braun Executive Producer
Bush Tetras Score Composer
Contortions Score Composer
DNA Score Composer
Erik H. Gordon Executive Producer
Ecce Homo Score Composer
Andrew S. Karsch Executive Producer
April R. Loutrel Co-producer
Lydia Lunch Score Composer
Eric Offin Sound/Sound Designer
Sabine Rogers Co-producer
Vanessa Roworth Editor, Producer
Ryo Murakami Cinematographer
Vincent Savino Co-producer
Anish Savjani Co-producer
Daniel Selzer Musical Direction/Supervision
Patti Smith Score Composer
Sonic Youth Score Composer
Fisher Stevens Executive Producer
Peter Szollosi Cinematographer
Television Score Composer
Aviva Wishnow Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blank City
1. Meeting of Minds
2. At Home
3. The Foreigner
4. Better Actors
5. Attention
6. Downtown 81
7. Wild Style
8. Stranger than Paradise
9. Cinema of Transgression
10. Rule Breaking
11. Gentrification
12. Ugly Truth
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blank City
   Play Film
   Chapters
   Extras
      Céline Danhier Interview
      Deleted & Extended Scenes
         Play All
         Downtown NY in the Late 70s
         Beginnings
         DIY Approach
         Shot in NY
         B Sides
         Wild Style Soundtrack
         Graffiti
         Art After Hours
         Performing Art
         Shadowing Eric
      Out-takes
      Trailer
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