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Downtown 81

Dec 6 — Dec 22, 2019

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 had just begun to exhibit his paintings, hit the streets of lower Manhattan to make a movie about the bombed out bohemia that they knew. 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. A Metrograph Pictures release. View trailer.

Presented in a new 35mm print.

Please note: The 5:00 p.m. screening on Friday, December 6 is free for Members at the MoMI Individual level and above. All other New Release screenings are discounted for Members ($7 / Free for Patron members).