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Blank Generation1980

  • 3.6
A classic punk rock movie from 1980 starring Richard Hell, illustrating the end of the first wave of New York City punk rock better than any documentary. Nada (Carole Bouquet), a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy (Richard Hell). Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and must decide whether to continue with it, or return to her lover, a fellow journalist trying to track down the elusive Andy Warhol (playing himself). This long-lost film is like a time capsule from pre-Disneyification New York City: sleazy, dirty and most importantly, real.

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2 members like this review

Quintessential 80s art/rock film. The dialogue is stilted but the people are the real thing, so it works. Check out a long ago Manhattan filled with endless smoking, drinking, sneering and breaking up.

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Post-punk, Andy Warhol, late-70's East Village NY, attractive French women... all wonderful in their own regard, just not made to be put together on film. The acting is terrible, but an hour and half is not bad to sit through in exchange for some amazing Richard Hell & The Voidoids performances and a short but poignant Andy Warhol interview.

2 members like this review

Quintessential 80s art/rock film. The dialogue is stilted but the people are the real thing, so it works. Check out a long ago Manhattan filled with endless smoking, drinking, sneering and breaking up.

2 members like this review
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mostly horrible _i love Hell's music_sort of interesting for 80's NYC _Carole is beautiful but i totally don't get her_definitely a BLANK_Andy was cool

A gem: I lived in Manhattan at the time and find the film highly evocative of the era. This film deserves a first-rate digital restoration if it hasn't had one.

Manages the impossible task of making the late-70's East Village era look boring.