Blank City

November 18, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

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This is a vaguely interesting documentary about the No Wave and Cinema of Transgression film movements in New York City from the mid-70s to the mid-80s that gave folks like Jim Jarmusch and Steve Buscemi their starts.  It was shot almost entirely with Super 8 cameras and is grainy, shaky and mostly black and white.  I have seen none of the films referenced (“Downtown81,” “The Foreigner,” “The Way It Is,” are among the most famous) but I have no real interest in seeing any of them.  And that, I think, is the main problem with the documentary.  The movement is interesting in an academic way but it was hard to feel the passion of those young auteurs.

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