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"[A] thorough, entertaining doc... Blank City effectively evokes the bombed-out SoHo and Lower East Side of the late '70s and the pungent, scummy artistic ferment that spawned both punk rock and what has come to be know as 'independent film' in this country" -Artforum
"Well-researched... Amiable Jim Jarmusch and others wisely temper nostalgia with astute observations 30 years after the DIY heyday" -Village Voice
"Illuminates a hectic and fascinating place and time, bringing it back to life and tracing its continuing influence" -New York Times
Recommended! "Captivating... a tremendous if contained delirium, filled with maximum happenstance" -NewCity Chicago
"Interesting and worthy" -Roger Ebert
"Entertaining" -Chicago Reader
"Blank City is long overdue" -Onion AV Club
In the late seventies, the city of Manhattan was virtually bankrupt, leaving the crumbling tenements of the Lower East Side overrun with squatters. Young artists -- writers, musicians, actors, painters and filmmakers -- quickly formed a loose tribe built around a spirit of freedom and collaboration. From this cross-pollination came a vibrant cacophony of ideas and transgressive images seared onto Super-8 film. Today these films stand as raw and visceral testaments to the roots of punk, a guerrilla-film parade exploding the rules of sex, race, gender and politics through the cracked lens of a lost generation.
In Blank City, filmmaker Céline Danhier has gathered the faces and icons that defined the scene, including filmmakers Richard Kern, Susan Seidelman, Nick Zedd, Lizzie Borden, Amos Poe and Jim Jarmusch; as well as performers Debbie Harry, Steve Buscemi and Lydia Lunch — granting us a brash insider's take on this cinematic "No Wave". Blank City constructs a captivating oral history about a time when, as John Lurie explains, "we were writing the rules, and trying to break a few at the same time."
Directed by Céline Danhier, U.S.A., 2010, 94 mins.