Blank City
Blank City (2011)

Before there was HD there was Super 8. Before Independent film there was Underground Cinema. And before New York there was...well, New York. Once upon a pre-Facebook time, before creative communities became virtual and viral, cultural… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 6, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Celine Danhier combines talking heads with a flood of Super-8 and 16-millimeter film clips to create this entertaining 2010 documentary about the explosion of punk energy that propelled New York City's art, music, and cinema underground.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This doc is interesting and worthy, but it is unlikely to send you seeking most of the films sampled in it. That was then, this is now, and it was fun while it lasted.

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Peter Bradshaw

The films emerge as fascinating period pieces filled with too-cool-for-school 70s types; but the most potent figure in the film is New York itself, decrepit but glowering angrily in the background.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

As maddeningly undisciplined as the movie community she's exploring, but it still stands as a worthy historical document of NYC's recent past and the birth of a new way of making films.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

The biggest shortcoming of "Blank City" is that, despite its vivid portrait of the time period, we never get much sense of what the actual movies are like.

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Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

A dusty feature-length slideshow presented by aging hipsters.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

As well as unearthing flavourful clips from films only determined cineastes have seen (War Is Menstrual Envy, You Killed Me First), French filmmaker CÚline Danhier has reassembled many of the era's crucial players.

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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times

Above all, the film is a poignant valentine to an era when artists could afford to live and work on the island of Manhattan, and the cultural ferment goosed by their low-rent lifestyle.

Matt Chapman
Total Film

The film works best as a love letter to a grubbier, poorer era in Manhattan history.

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