Home of 70s Hedonism
Studio 54 was the epicenter of 70s hedonism. It not only redefined the nightclub, but it came to symbolize an entire era. Its co-owners, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell were two friends from Brooklyn who seemed to come out of nowhere to suddenly preside over a new kind of New York society. Now, some 39 years after it opened, we have a feature documentary tells the real story behind the greatest club of all time
Director Matt Tyrnauer shares the tales of hedonism on the dance floor at Manhattan’s legendary discotheque have already been told dozens of times in dozens of ways and the film finds life from the same-old clips showing crowds of beautiful and sweaty dancers inside and irate customers being refused entry at the door. Ian Schrader gives us the definitive look at Studio 54 and the people it attracted. For a dance club that lasted for a mere 33 months, “54” managed to help change the nature of pop music and the views of a countercultural society while mainstreaming underground black, gay, lesbian, transgendered communities by tying them to the allure of celebrity and the unapologetic abandon of a theatrical nightclub.
Tyrnauer takes us through behind the scenes footage, fabulous photographs, great songs and interviews not only with the patrons but also with the artisans who helped build the place. The story of Studio 54 is widened in ways that do justice to both its historical importance and the resonance it continues to have.