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Blank City (2010)

Unrated | | Documentary | 6 April 2011 (USA)
During the punk rock stage in the late '70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of "Do it yourself" independent filmmaking.

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Celine Danhier

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amos Poe
Ann Magnuson
Becky Johnston Becky Johnston
Beth B Beth B ... (as Beth B.)
Bette Gordon Bette Gordon
Casandra Stark Casandra Stark
Charlie Ahearn Charlie Ahearn
Daze Daze
Debbie Harry ... (as Deborah Harry)
Eric Mitchell Eric Mitchell
Fab 5 Freddy
Glenn O'Brien Glenn O'Brien
James Chance James Chance
James Nares James Nares
Jim Jarmusch
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Today, Manhattan is a byword for overpriced property, overexposed landmarks and overdressed fashionistas. In the late 70s, however, it was rat-infested, crime-crippled, cheap and nasty - somewhere for America to dump its immigrants, poor people and artists. Music, art, fashion and filmmaking burgeoned, fueled by drugs, dares, fads, feuds, and a fair helping of madness. Written by Edinburgh International Film Festival

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New Cinema. New Wave. New York.

Genres:

Documentary

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пустой город See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,989, 10 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$116,037, 24 July 2011
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Awesome documentary tracing the youth of some of our favorite figures in film
28 September 2010 | by cinemabunnySee all my reviews

I was really intrigued by this film and found myself very satisfied with the content and execution. Considering the amount of emphasis placed on the rise of independent film and the fall of the studio system, the amount of time talking about the following generation pales in comparison. Independent film never disappeared, it just became briefly overshadowed by larger block-buster films like The Godfather, Jaws, Star Wars. Granted, these are all enjoyable films, but it's refreshing to see a glimpse into the lives of the independent filmmakers of the 1970's. It's sort of a testament to the idea that these now-pivotal figures didn't necessarily struggle through obscurity as much they reveled in it, instead embracing an anarchistic style of creativity that really came to define them and make them such poignant artists.


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