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- Archival footage of Jean-Michel Basquiat from O'Brien's legendar yearly 80s cable access show TV PARTY
- Outtakes of Basquiat, accompanied by music from his band, Gray
- "Afterthought": A behind-the-scenes interview with the filmmakers created by the Sundance Channel
- Tons of archival photographs from the film and the New York 80s scene, featuring Basquiat, Madonna, John Lurie, Andy Warhol and Vincent Gallo
- An interactive map of the film's New York locations
Top Customer Reviews
As both a fan of Basquiat and of Schnabel's movie, I would assume the other fans of either or both will find this film quite entertaining. Otherwise, I recommend it for anyone interested in the 80's art scene, the early nyc punk/new wave scene, or those curious about the underbelly of the nyc of this period.
Additionally, what makes this release so interesting and important are the extras, especially the segment from an early cable tv show featuring Basquiat during the SAMO years.
All in all, not a bad bang for the buck, as well as a great addition to any cd collection of one whose curiosity has been piqued by this particular time.
I believe, the director made the effort to release it, 20 years after it was made, as an alternative to Julian Schnabel's film "basquiat". Back in the New York 80s, there were two type of artistic world. The Soho type, which followed the Andy Warhol's double edge philosophy: "Making money is an art",and the East Village type, which followed the tradition of the Beat poets.
Ofcourse, the legacy Warhol left when he produced the Velvet Underground as an "art form" and also films of conceptual ideas,( 1960s) were not part of the "making money" image of Soho.
This phase in Warhol's career ( before he became really rich) was the source of the east village bohemians, the so called "Children of Andy Warhol",
Those hipsters, were the one producing the art films and punk bands.
Noone was painting in the east village at the time. One was either a film maker or a member in a punk band. Cool art was graffiti, because it was not considered art by the status quo, and that was precisely what the scene of the east village was looking for: anti-art.
It was not so much wealth what we were after, but be part of the pantheon of die-hard hipsters.
Punk musicians were more and more expressing themselves through film. Basquiat was a member of Gray.(a No Wave Band)(NO Wavers was the underground within the underground in those days)
Debby Harry a member of Blondie. It was said at the time that what made Basquiat truly known within that underground was his encounter with Blondie, who got him into the film. IT is true that he was known as Samo, but that was something else.
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Enjoyed seeing the different groups, Kid Creole and Deborah Harry a/k/a Blondie in their respective primes. I bought it for Basquait, but it was decent. Yeah, the dialogue sucked, watch it on mute and turn up the musical #'s... I don't blame the filmakers though, apparently the original sound was lost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun to watch from a historical point of view, but not a great movie.Published 22 months ago by Robert Wulffraat
I completely dug this movie because its NYC in the very early 80's. Not the best quality but I am more interested in content. Read morePublished on November 30, 2011 by Gray Days
Great indie art film by a group of artists (of which Basquiat was one) that spanned different artistic genres. Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by cenia m. crespo
In this magical feature film, artist extraordinaire Jean-Michel Basquiat is in full form, nineteen and almost ready to hear those post-graffiti fan screams. Read morePublished on August 15, 2009 by Danelle Augustin
Downtown 81 is a must see for those who enjoy learning about art or just love Basquiat. It's less than 2 hours and is a little funky. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Clementine Friday
This film is raw. You get to peek back to the 1980s New York art scene and feel like you're walking down the streets and into the clubs with Basquiat. Read morePublished on February 16, 2009 by J. Madsen
Initially dubious about this film, I read every Amazon review before purchasing and was pleased to find the quality and substance even better than I'd hoped. Read morePublished on May 24, 2008 by Romeocar
This is a very indie film. Left in someones basement or attic because they couldn't finish editing it at the time... it has been miraculously preserved and released. Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by greggorydbradford