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Blank City

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Blank City. A documentary of New York City art, music, and film from the late 1970s and 1980s. A film by Celine Dahnier.
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This is the documentry that inspired me to take on this topic. It was very facinating to watch and see how this movement compared to previous movements around the world. Like Italian Neorealism, it was a time fresh after a war (vietnam) and president Ford refused to bail-out NYC, leaving it bankrupt and in shambles. The actors/directors/musicians of this movement all thrived in this dangerous environment of no rules.

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Permanent Vacation - Jim Jarmusch

Richard Boes dance very cool on music of Earl Bostic- Up in Orbit
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This is one of Jim Jarmusch's first films and one of the key films in the "no-wave" movement. It was filmed in John Lurie's apartment and to understand how low budget things were, Jarmusch talked about having to drag a passed-out friend in his sleeping bag around the apartment so he would not show up in any of the shots. That friend happened to be Jean Michel Basquiat, a graffiti artist who eventually became famous.  

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No Wave Cinema | MAD Museum

No Wave Cinema | MAD Museum | No Wave Cinema Movement | Scoop.it
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It was a low-budget, "do-it-yourself" film style. This to me relates to French New Wave in that none of the directors were trained, so they did what they wanted with no regard to standard techniques. It gives the films a gritty quality.

 

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Blank City: The No Wave Years

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Steve Buscemi and Vincent Gallo in a Documentary About New York's DIY Film Scene
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Steve Buscemi's comments on how the director of "The Way it Is" didn't even have lines written or even an overall idea of what he wanted his film to be are pretty interesting. They show just how rag-tag and directionless this group of people were.

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aNYthing NY Stories: James Nares

Painter and Filmmaker James Nares talks to A NEW YORK THING about the art scene in NYC then and now.
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James Nares talks about how the environment was perfect for creating, due to NYC being bankrupt and the ability to live in NYC for next to nothing. It was a sort of a free for all which led to the no-wave movement.

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Official "The Foreigner" film NY 1978 trailer No Wave Cinema

European Max Menace arrives in New York City on a unknown mission. While waiting for his assignment, boredom sets in. Alienation thrusts him into violentet e...
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Debbie Harrie was a singer/actress and part of the no-wave movement. Interestingly she always thought of herself more as an actress than singer, she said the music industry was a man's world. I like this trailer because it shows how singers would act in their friends films and actors/directors would be in bands during the movement.

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Rare Photos and Ephemera Documenting the No Wave Cinema Movement

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Gallery 98, an online gallery that specializes in the art and ephemera of the 1970s and 1980s, is currently hosting a fantastic exhibition featuring photos and more from the No Wave cinema movement...
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This gives us a glimpse at several films from the no-wave movement. Showing how the movies are not really related to each other. They are all unique but are grouped together because they were all made by a small group of people living in downtown New York City in the late 70's and early 80's.

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