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Jean-Michel Basquiat 1980 © Bobby Grossman

Downtown 81 (a.k.a New York Beat Movie) is a fictional film that was shot in 1980-1981. The film was directed by Edo Bertoglio, written by Glenn O'Brien and produced by Maripol, and is a rare real-life snapshot of ultra-hip subculture of post-punk era Manhattan. Starring renowned artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and featuring such early Village artists as James Chance, Amos Poe, Walter Steding , and Tav Falco, the film is a bizarre elliptical urban fairytale.

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