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VIDEO: Downtown 81 in its Entirety

It’s the weekend, and so I give you the gift of art history- the iconic film starring Jean-Michel Basquiat, Downtown 81, in its entirety. The film is like a time capsule of the Lower East Side in the 80s, with Basquiat playing a young semi-autobiographical artist, and he meanders around meeting downtown NYC fixtures like Debbie Harry, Ric Ocasek, Kid Creole and of course Basquiat’s band, Grey. The film was lost and unfinished for many years, and I was lucky enough to work at an arts theater briefly in college that hosted one of the first screenings. It is truly special- ENJOY!

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