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In 1981, writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien, Swiss photographer Edo Bertoglio, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, a graffiti innovator and noise music artist who’d just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew, with a script by O’Brien, Bertoglio directing, and Basquiat, a naturally compelling presence, starring. Left incomplete due to money problems and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81, which follows Basquiat trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep, became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment. Featuring John Lurie, Fab Five Freddy, and Debbie Harry, with musical performances by DNA, James White and the Blacks, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts—and Manhattan in all its mangy glory.

  • Director: Edo Bertoglio
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Musical
  • Year: 2000
  • Run Time: 01:12:00
  • imdb Score: 7.1/10 (1,021 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Jean Michel Basquiat, John Lurie, Richard Weigand
"A fascinating if fragmented, dreamlike look at the downtown art-music-fashion scene of a yeasty, creative era."
Jane Sumner - DALLAS MORNING NEWS

"A crudely poetic inventory of the people and places about to rock pop culture."
Carrie Rickey - PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

"Gives us a glimpse of the city as it was, suggesting that there was something revolutionary, even inspiring, about those days of not-so yore."
John Petrakis - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

FESTIVALS

Barcelona Int'l Music Documentary Film Festival 2003

Titanic Int'l Filmpresence Festival 2000

Munich Int'l Film Festival 2015