Studio 54 transports viewers back in time and behind the velvet rope into the legendarily decadent Manhattan night spot where celebrities (think Liza, Liz, Mick, Farrah and Andy), socialites, the straight, the queer and the beautiful danced, drank, got high, hooked up, and, most importantly, got seen … until it all came crashing down. From 1977 to 1980, Studio 54 was the place to be seen in Manhattan.
“A glorious picture of a kind of hedonism and egalitarianism we may never see again.” – Les Fabian Brathwaite, Out Magazine
A haven of hedonism, tolerance, glitz and glamor, Studio was very hard to gain entrance to and impossible to ignore, with news of who was there filling the gossip columns daily. Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, two college friends from Brooklyn, succeeded in creating the ultimate escapist fantasy in the heart of the theater district. Rubell was the bon vivant who wanted to be everybody’s friend and was photographed with every celebrity du jour who entered the club and Schrager was the behind-the-scenes creative mastermind who shunned the limelight. 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. With unprecedented access to Schrager, who tells the whole unvarnished story for the first time, and a treasure-trove of rare footage, director Matt Tyrnauer (Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood) constructs a vivid, glorious portrait of a disco-era phenomenon, and tells the story of two friends who stuck together through an incredible series of highs and lows. (Dir. by Matt Tyrnauer, 2018, USA, 98 mins., Not Rated)