During the punk rock stage in the late ’70s, downtown New York experienced a wave of “Do it yourself” independent filmmaking.
Blank City starts off in a way that you think, oh dear, it’s shot in black and white and it’s a guy standing on top of a building swearing at people. Like, oh please. But what it turns out to be is really a documentary about the underground film movement in New York in the 60s and 70s. There’s some familiar faces and some familiar names and a lot of unfamiliar names and unfamiliar faces. I like this because I like movies, and the New York scene really, to a certain extent, changed the face of movie making with handheld cameras, improvisation, not particularly attractive people, sort of gritty, neo-noir kind of stuff. So I really liked this. I think it could’ve used a little more cohesion, but having said that, I thought it was an interesting movie and I’d give it two and a half stars.