“A glitter bomb of sex, drugs and debauchery.”
“A lost classic of gay cinema.”
Producer Dolly Hall will join us for an introduction and a post-screening Q&A moderated by Queer Cinema: Lost & Found guest programmer, archivist, and filmmaker Elizabeth Purchell.
Released in 1998 in a butchered edit that stripped its lead (Ryan Phillippe, in a smoldering performance as a Jersey boy with loose morals and an even looser zipper) of his bisexual identity, 54 was subsequently flamed by critics who “burn, baby, burn”-ed it right out of theaters. Nearly 20 years after its disastrous release, this daring Hollywood exploration of the hedonistic Studio 54 era was resurrected in a new director’s cut, complete with 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage, proving there’s never a last dance, or chance, for a dream. Co-Starring Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, and Mike Myers.