Movie Night: Maestro + Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell   Landmark  Film

Double screening: Maestro + Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
19.00 Doors open
19.30 Maestro
21.30 Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell
Nikolaj Stavnstrup Rasmussen will also be playing some tunes throughout the evening…

50NOK / 35NOK

To coincide with Martin Beck’s current exhibition ‘Last Night’, which documents the 118 songs played at David Mancuso’s New York dance party The Loft on 2 June 1984, Landmark hosts a screening of two films which explore the New York underground club culture through figures such as DJ Larry Levan, the Paradise Garage club, and composer and musician Arthur Russell.

'Maestro' (2002, dir. Josell Ramos) tells the story of a group of people who found refuge together in their call for life outside the mainstream. Tracing New York’s club scene in 1960s-80s though archive footage and interviews including Paradise Garage resident DJ Larry Levan, David Mancuso and Frankie Knuckles, the documentary presents the evolution of a dance scene that was rooted in collective affinities, told from the perspective of the people who helped shape it.

'Wild Combination: A Portait of Arthur Russell' (2008, dir. Matt Wolf) is an absorbing portrait of seminal avant-garde composer, cellist, and disco producer Arthur Russell. Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1992, Arthur prolifically created music and worked with composers including Philip Glass, specifically at The Kitchen, where he became musical director in 1974. He discovered the liberating social and aesthetic possibilities of underground discos and under various monikers—Dinosaur L, Loose Joints, Indian Ocean—produced playful and eccentric disco records that became hits of the 1970-80s New York dance era. Wolf incorporates rare archival footage and commentary from Arthur’s family, friends, and closest collaborators to tell this poignant story.

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