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54: The Director’s Cut (15)

Nightlife: Ourselves, Our Spaces on Film

Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer touching hands

Sex, drugs and debauchery on the dance floor – this restoration of the 1998 disco drama has it all.

When it was originally released in 1998, this vibrant story of the legendary Studio 54 nightclub and its array of eccentric punters, was cut by 40 minutes, removing some of the darker elements of the story and, crucially, any scenes showing the bisexuality of its central character, played by Ryan Phillippe.

This director’s cut restores the film to the filmmaker’s original vision, a considerably more explicit walk on the wild side, featuring some of the biggest rising stars of the 1990s. Mike Myers, who plays Steve Rubell, the club’s controversial co-founder, gives a career-best performance.

US 1998 Dir Mark Christopher 106 min Digital presentation

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Miramax

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Screen Notes: Nightlife

We embark on a noctural journey full of passion, transgression and joy as we look at these films exploring what happens in bars and clubs after dark.

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