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From 1978 to 1982 Glenn O'Brien hosted an insane punk rock New York City cable TV show called TV Party. Co-hosted by Chris Stein, from Blondie, and directed by filmmaker Amos Poe, the hour long show took television where it had never gone before: to the edge of civility and "sub-realism" as Glenn would put it. Walter Stedin and his band provided a musical accompaniment to the madness at hand, and many artists and musicians, from Jean-Michael Basquiat to David Byrne to Arto Lindsay were regular guests. It was the cocktail party that could be a political party. Written by Danny Vinik

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Doesn't match the original TV show
28 April 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Saw the movie last night at Tribeca. Was very excited for it, but found it disappointing. Worth it only for the actual TV Party clips which are FASCINATING. A basic talking heads style docu, but with poorly chosen interviews and structure. It had none of the energy or originality of the actual TV Party program & with a show that crazy, you think they could have come up with something outrageous for the documentary. Unfortunately they stuck to the most conventional format possible. To the filmmaker's credit, he did manage to convey the atmosphere of this fantastic period of New York history but then tried too hard to find some sort of structure out of a show that was simply drug-addled nonsense/chaos. My suggestion - make TV Party the movie the same thing the TV show was - a movie that's actually a party.


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