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No Wave New York

Celine Danhier's documentary Blank City (now playing at Real Art Ways) got me seeking out the movies of the No Wave filmmakers of the late '70s-early '80s, starting with Amos Poe's Unmade Beds. Here's Deborah Harry and annoying Jean-Pierre Leaud stand-in Duncan Hannah in the best scene in the movie:

I haven't seen Poe's follow-up, The Foreigner, but here is a clip in which Eric Mitchell (another director featured in Blank City) gets beaten up by the Cramps at CBGBs:

Jim Jarmusch's first film, Permanent Vacation, in which Chris Parker takes the Leaud role, is almost as French new wave-obsessed as Unmade Beds, but it's the prototype for just about everything he's made since. Martin Scorsese excerpted this scene in The King of Comedy:

But this scene, filmed at Theatre 80 St. Mark's, is more prototypical. With Frankie Faison in his film debut:

Finally, Ubuweb's Cinema of Transgression collection has films by Beth B, Tessa Hughes-Freeland, Kembra Pfahler and Richard Kern, as well as David Wojnarowicz & Tommy Turner's "Where Evil Dwells" (featured in Blank City). Nick Zedd's "War is Menstrual Envy" (you were hoping for "They Eat Scum"?) is here.

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