A trailer and poster for director Billy Corben’s (Cocaine Cowboys) documentary Limelight have landed online. The film centers on club owner Peter Gatien and his culturally significant Manhattan nightclub for which the pic is titled. As the story goes, his businesses ruled the NYC club scene of the ’80s, but by the mid-’90s Gatien had become the poster boy for Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s plot to essentially destroy all fun within city limits after dark.
Outside of what I’ve already written, I can’t claim to know any more about Gatien and the history of New York City’s nightlife. That said, the trailer on display here features Moby talking about how much fun he had at the Limelight which makes me think I didn’t miss a whole lot by not being there. Check out the trailer, poster, and an official synopsis for the film after the jump. Magnolia Pictures will release Limelight on September 23rd.
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Here’s the poster and official synopsis for Limelight:
As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the undisputed king of the 1980s New York City club scene. The eye-patch-sporting Ontario native built and oversaw a Manhattan empire that counted tens of thousands of patrons per night in its peak years, acting as a conduit for a culture that, for many, defined the image of an era in New York. Then years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Mayor Giuliani’s determined crackdown on nightlife in the mid-’90s led to Gatien’s eventual deportation to Canada, and the shuttering of his glitzy kingdom.
Featuring insider interviews with famous players in the club scene as well as key informants in Gatien’s high-profile trial, Billy Corben’s (Cocaine Cowboys) exuberant documentary aims to set the record straight about Gatien’s life as it charts his rise and fall against the transformation of New York, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of the city’s nightlife.