I'm a sucker for a great documentary, and I'm starting to assume Matt Tyrnauer can do no mistaken within the medium.
He follows up his excellent, nuanced Scotty and the Secret Historical past of Hollywood doc about Golden Age pimp and hustler Scotty Bowers with Studio 54, which may very well be the definitive take a look at the legendary nightclub that outlined the disco age despite present for a mere 33 months.
Anchored by terribly candid interviews with the membership's co-founder, Ian Schrager — who has not spoken at size in regards to the heady success that grew to become a debacle — the movie paperwork the membership's origin story, chronicles its notorious shortcomings (Why are we so nostalgic for a spot whose megalomaniacal proprietor would deny entry based mostly on look?! But we’re.) and its trailblazing embrace of LGBTQ patrons and aesthetics. Most usefully, it reunites Schrager with onetime biz accomplice Jack Dushey in scenes which are poignant and unguarded.
Better of all (okay, second finest since Schrager's presence makes the film), Tyrnauer's obtained a eager visible sense in choosing unseen footage from contained in the pleasuredome, resulting in a doc that doesn't really feel it's recycling an oft-told story, and one which marries the histories of AIDS and homosexual liberation with a cautionary story of what can occur in the event you obtain your desires earlier than you're prepared.
Studio 54 opens right now in NYC on the IFC Movie Heart and nationally October 12. Gown to impress.