an everlasting tag/ she was an adventuress
absolutely everyone, every actor, every extra in downtown 81
is a rock photographer, a graffiti promoter, a rapper, a nightclub properitor, a young model, a gogo dancer, an art world personality, an italian fashion journalist, warhol's painting assitant, an australian theater actor, a cokehead, or a founding member of a seminal underground art band. most people are all of these things at once.
the film stars jean-michel basquat as
himself, an up and coming artist slash charmer. debbie harry cameos as a bag lady fairy princess. it also includes performances by DNA, the plastics, kid creole & the coconuts, as well as james white & the blacks. the film tries to capture a day in the life of the new york downtown art community around 1980, and the plot is accordingly (or appropriately?) disorganized and confused.
i recommend watching it with glenn o'brien's commentary on. you get all the deadpan namedrops you'll need.