Hey New York: The Director’s Cut of ’54’ Is Heading To Lincoln Center Tonight
Hey New York: The Director's Cut of '54' Is Heading To Lincoln Center Tonight
Seventeen years after Mark Christopher’s “54” was a critical and commercial flop, the film is making a comeback. Christopher’s own cut — with some 44 minutes of additional material (including some explicit gay scenes) — has been making the festival rounds since debuting at the Berlin Film Festival last February, and reviews have been stellar. And tonight you can see for yourself on the big screen at a special screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York — with a Q&A with Christopher himself.
The cut — which like the original stars Ryan Phillippe, Breckin Meyer, Mike Myers, Neve Campbell and Salma Hayek — will screen Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00pm. As described by the Film Society:
“A dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the floor” was Andy Warhol’s description of Manhattan’s legendary nightclub Studio 54, where, for a moment in the late 1970s, “the stars are nobody because everybody’s a star.” Writer-director Mark Christopher spent five years researching the disco scene to sketch this authentic portrait of the notoriously outrageous party palace ruled by its founder, unctuous Steve Rubell (Mike Myers, in an acclaimed dramatic turn). When test audiences condemned some of the film’s controversial content (involving Ryan Phillippe’s busboy turned bartender and Breckin Meyer’s husband to club-diva Salma Hayek), Christopher was asked to recut the film and reshoot key scenes, including the finale. Seventeen years later, the filmmaker’s intent, which includes 44 minutes of never-been-seen material, has been restored. “The path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom,” claimed Rubell, and Christopher’s director’s cut honors that Dionysian vision.
Get your tickets here.