Blank City 1.0 stars

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An indie documentary about the underground indie-film craze in New York City in the late ’70s — sort of a low-budget SparkNote to the big bang of Super 8. The archive footage is expectedly atrocious, but it does garner some nostalgia for the time — the outlaw attitude, the financially crippled creativity, the urban rot of the Big Apple. Through interviews, the early filmmakers provide some talking-head narration that reaches for substance, interspliced with snippets of their films. At best, some of the talent that has survived (Jim Jarmusch, Steve Buscemi) offers some diverting exposition. 2011.

John Rubio

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