Running Time: 98 min

Matt Tyrnauer


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When people think of 1970’s hedonistic excesses, few things come to mind more readily than Studio 54. From the instant the doors opened until it was dramatically shuttered 33 months later and its owners jailed, the legendary disco was the fabulous beating heart of Manhattan’s night life. Celebrities (Andy, Mick, Liz, Farrah, Michael, Liza and many more), socialites, the glamorous and the queer all partied with an unbridled freedom in the neon and glitter to an infectious disco beat, and 54 was the place to be.

At first blush, Studio 54 looked like a risky idea. Nestled right up against 1970’s Hell’s Kitchen and requiring nearly half a million dollars to ready it for opening night, the enterprise was a go-for-broke, everything-on-the-line gamble for entrepreneurs Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager.

Director Matt Tyrnauer (VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR) focuses much of his attention on the pair, tracing the history of 54 from magnificent success to disastrous failure and beyond. An abundance of never-before-seen archival film and interviews with an impressive array of club insiders, including Shrager himself (Rubell passed away in 1989 of complications from AIDS), give an unprecedented look at why the party to end all parties came to a close.
— Jon Bocock