, 09 Oct 2008
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I watch and enjoy many different types of film. If I did a top 10 of my favourite movies ever it would probably contain all sorts including Dumb and Dumber, Platoon and Shawshank Redemption. Studio 54 however would be a dead cert to be included in this list. I thought the film was that good I would even put it in my top 5.
Mark Christopher has really captured the imagination for those of us not old enough to remember the 70's. Sure his portrayel of the era may be a little dilluted but the essence and spirit of the time remain. Some say that the film is a work of Disney compared to what really went on in the club but can you imagine what rating it would have got if the real nitty gritty was revealed. The film would either be banned or described as a piece worthy of the porn industry.
The film is advertised as a work of fiction loosely based around the hottest nightspot around but there are more references and characters that are real than you may think. Disco Dottie, the 80 year old disco queen is based on Disco Sally who was an 80 year old regular at the club at this time. The image of the woman on the white horse in the opening credits was actually Bianca Jagger arriving for her birthday party she held at the club. Also the part where Shane has to remove his shirt to get into the club actually happened to someone, although they didn't become an employee.
The casting in the film is top notch too. Ryan Phillipe basically plays himself as a slightly moody hunk that has led a pretty much sheltered life until he starts working at the club. Mike Myers as as Steve Rubell was simply magnificent. How he was not nominated for an Oscar I have no idea. But then again who else would be capable of pulling off the act of a homosexual man with a huge ego and is completely off his face on poppers. Selma Hayek and Breckin Meyer are both excellent as the married couple but I thought Neve Campbell could have been a bit better playing the shallow soap star Julie Black.
I would recommend this film to anyone that asks me what I think. A clear 10/10 arthouse film that is up there with the best.
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