Want to see a movie about club life? This is it. The recently released (2015) director’s accomplished cut of 54 a film from 1998.
Mark Christopher, writer and director of 54 deserves credit for giving a marvelous erudition of disco club life, and life at a certain period, the real Saturday Night Fever. What a great film depiction. Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer pictured below. Mike Myers gives a wonderful nuanced performance, and is a revelation, as the maestro of Studio 54’s Steve Rubell.
Ryan Phillippe knocks it into the park as do all depicted and the director’s & writer’s one and the same eye that adroitly tells the story. At original time of release it was cut extensively by the Weinstein brothers’ Miramax. Made around the same time as Boogie Nights though didn’t survive its post re-editing release. Thankfully I never saw the original. So I am reviewing the director’s cut which finally made light of day post Disney acquiring it! Order it now from your DVD supplier or catch it in a few of the festivals showing it.
Disco-Disco has a great write up of Studio 54: disco-disco.com/clubs/studio54.shtml
“Beside all the famous guests of the Studio 54, the club also managed to get all the best DJ’s to play there as well. All of the famous DJ’s like; John “Jellybean” Benitez, John Ceglia, Tony Humphries, Sharon White, Kenny Carpenter, Robbie Leslie, Tony Carrasco and many others, moved the crowd from the clubs legendary horseshoe shaped DJ-booth.”
Photos manipulated by me from MarkChristoph54 on twitter, coolpicturegallery.us, IMDB, disco-disco, & impawards.com/1998/fifty_four_ver2.html.