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TV Party (2005)

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 ... See full summary »

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Danny Vinik

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Danny Vinik
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Credited cast:
Robert Aaron Robert Aaron
Babs Babs
Jean Michel Basquiat ... Himself (archive footage)
Edo Bertoglio
Victor Bockris Victor Bockris
David Bowie ... Himself
John Browner John Browner
Clem Burke
David Byrne
James Chance James Chance
Mickey Clean Mickey Clean
George Clinton
Diego Cortez Diego Cortez
Bill Coupon Bill Coupon
Ronnie Cutrone Ronnie Cutrone
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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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The cocktail party that could be a political party.

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Documentary | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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$100,000 (estimated)
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Brink Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Are we heading in the right direction?
9 May 2005 | by razorsharpvideoSee all my reviews

I saw TV Party at Tribeca also, but unlike Maneal I was pleasantly (very much so) surprised. I expected another puff piece decline of western civilization we are so fucked up kind of thing, but instead, I found it really made the case that somehow there was more freedom for artists back in the early 80's in NYC and I actually wished I had been there. The show clips were amazing, but the filmmakers choice to show basically what these people are up to now is the most interesting choice that could have been made. There probably wasn't much structure to the original show so trying to imitate that would have been a huge mistake. All in all, the choices made were spot on. These people were not apologizing for anything, the drug use, nothing and I'm glad that the film didn't either. It was done in a very straightforward almost PBS way, but that's what I liked about it. I learned more about that period from this film than I have from any other film on similar subjects. I'm in my mid twenties, so I was barely born when this show was on the air. It really makes you wonder if we are heading in the right direction. This film really rocked. I want to buy a copy for my collection. Does anyone have any info about when the DVD is coming out?


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