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While I personally believe Peter Gatien was more interested in money, pop, high fashion, and catering to VIPs rather than really interested in the music itself (let alone electronic music) or the common club goer, to go after the owner of venues for illicit activity that usually quietly occurs on the premises and usually doesn't harm anyone, and further has no direct connection to that owner... well, it's immoral of the authorities.
In nearly every concert venue, lounge, and club I've been to, I've either seen drugs being done, asked if I had drugs, or asked if I wanted them. I have never indulged and never assumed the venue owners automatically had any connection to those activities. For what it's worth, I've also been asked or outright accused of being an undercover cop, which I was not, either.
What's oddly not fully explored in this documentary is the connection of certain lounges and club owners to Rudolf Giuliani who conveniently went unnoticed by narcotics investigations and who were never bothered with the enforcement of the historic anti-race-mixing No Dancing cabaret laws. I would have liked to have seen that hypocrisy explored. There was definite cronyism at work. I realize it's slightly apart from the laser-like narcotics enforcement Gatien experienced, but a relevant tangent, in my opinion.
The documentary might be a little slow-moving for some viewers not familiar with the subject matter. It's not the most stylish or extraordinary editing and 'reveals'. Don't expect The Thin Blue Line quality of workmanship.Read more ›
One might construe the statement above to indicate I support tax evasion, law-breaking and illegal drug sales. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. But taking away / shutting down nightclubs will not eliminate nor fix the drug problem in America - case in point, watch: Weeds: Season Eight.
While most people have heard of the smashing success of Studio 54 (Studio 54: The Legend), Peter Gatien's empire included not 1, but 4 clubs, including the infamous Limelight, housed in a former church and the club for which the film is titled (and focused). His business model was to offer citizens a place to dance and party and have a good time - much the same way every nightlife institution does - the same reason people go to NYC, Las Vegas, Miami - or any bar/dance club in any town or city in the world.
"Limelight" tells the story of just one outlet for the people shuttered by the unending government assault on a man, and his business. Trust me, if he was Donald Trump, he would have emerged from this with wealth and with his family living in the USA. But, he wasn't. In the past decade, changes in society, law, insurance regulations (just to name a few) have all but eliminated the mega nightclub in America.Read more ›
As political commentary, it serves as a reminder that fear has been taking from our freedom since before more freedoms were forsaken in the name of a war on terror.
This also serves as a warning to anybody considering making cultural investments: if your purpose does not serve existing power structures, they will attempt to damage you whether or not your actions would normally be considered legal.
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Great history of the electronic music scene. I never got the opportunity to experience the NY scene, however was fortunate to have many of the stars of that period play in New... Read morePublished 1 month ago by David Brignac
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I ORDERED THE GREAT CHARLES CHAPLIN FILM"LIMELIGHT", NOT THIS HORRID CRIME FILMPublished 14 months ago by CHESTER PAGE
I only wish that there could be more footage of Limelight from early 80-90's. There is great deal of info the author was able to put in the movie, though.Published on September 8, 2013 by Wadiczka