For 33 months, from 1977 to 1980, Studio 54 was the place to be in New York City. This ultra-trendy Manhattan nightclub was a haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamour. It was difficult to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with celebrity sightings filling the daily newspapers. Steve Rubell was the public face of the club, and his college pal Ian Schrager was the behind-the-scenes mastermind of its theatrical fantasies. Studio 54 was an instant success and a cash cow, but the drug-and-sex-fueled dream soon imploded in financial scandal and the club’s demise. This vivid portrait of a disco-era phenomenon is packed with a treasure trove of rare footage. Producer/Director: Matt Tyrnauer. (US 2018) 98 min.
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