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Studio 54
Archived: Studio 54 (2018)

director: Matt Tyrnauer

composer: Lorne Balfe
With: Steve Rubell, Ian Schrager, a.o.

duration: 98 minutes
Documentary, LGBTQ

Sound and Vision

"Studio 54 became world famous for its disco music, its hedonism, its exclusive celebrity guest list and its gay party aesthetic at a time when homophobia was rife on the streets outside. But, after a couple of years, the party was over. It is the subject of a lively but tactful documentary tribute." (The Guardian)

"In 1977, Ian Schrager and Steve Rubell opened Studio 54, a nightclub in an unfashionable part of Manhattan, New York. Overnight it became the hottest spot in the entire world, packed with movie stars, rock stars and anyone deemed worthy of mixing with them. Then it all came crashing down." (Empire)

"There's a memorable moment in 'Studio 54', Matt Tyrnauer's thrilling and definitive documentary about the fabled disco haven, in which the camera glides through the gilded lobby of the old theater the club was built in, approaching the doors, the beat throb-throb-throbbing in the muted distance. The camera then pushes through the doors and onto the dance floor, the music - it's Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)', the greatest disco song ever recorded - now turned up and transcendent, and for a moment we feel like we're melting into the elation of the writhing horde." (Variety) 


director: Matt Tyrnauer
composer: Lorne Balfe
producer: John Battsek
Editor: Morgan Hanner, Jason Hardwick, Andrea Lewis
Cinematography: Tom Hurwitz

production company: Altimeter Films

More info

dialogue: English
subtitles: no subt
Country: United Kingdom
year: 2018


MATT TYRNAUER: Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008), Made in Milan (2015, short), Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (2016), Jean Nouvel: Reflections (2016, short), Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood (2017), Studio 54 (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP

Other festival films by director Matt Tyrnauer

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