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Limelight (DVD) Feb. 27 2013
By 82JOSEPH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Limelight Is a good "Movie / Documentary". Peter Gatien is brilliant, and Michael Alig is in this too. Michael Alig is also in "Party Monster- The Shockumentary" another must have Shockumentary. I hope they release this "Limelight" and Party Monster - The Shockumentary on Blu-ray.
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loved it! Jan. 7 2013
By xtina81 - Published on Amazon.com
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i got this for my bf who used to frequent limelight and loves to talk about the fun he had at the club. he loved this movie. it took him right back and he learned a lot too. great movie
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You'll be a libertarian after seeing this Aug. 22 2012
By Bernard Chapin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a documentary that's almost hard to watch. Here was a man who fulfilled the American dream. Peter Gatien was an immigrant from Canada who came here, worked 16 hour days, and duly became rich and famous. He was the King of New York clubs and The Limelight was his mainstay. Gatien also ran Palladium and Tunnel. This fame attracted the attention of the New York law enforcement so they decided to break him...and they did. First, they engaged in lawfare by forcing Gatien to bankrupt himself paying legal fees, and then, when all else failed they deported him out of the country. He's back in Canada now and I can't blame him if he never sets foot in the US again. The government hated this fellow and would not accept anything less than his destruction. The film--and what I've read about him in the days since I saw it--leaves me convinced of his innocence. The central premise, that a club owner is personally responsible for the behaviors of everyone at his venue, is totally absurd. The city wanted to be done with him and tried to paint him as a major drug dealer. He clearly wasn't and what we as a people need to do is take as much money away from the government as we can. The last thing we need is a huge state apparatus that can be used against us based on the personal likes and dislikes of a few functionaries. If this doesn't sell you on libertarianism, nothing will.
Watch your government at work... and apparently even at play Dec 11 2013
By Reticuli - Published on Amazon.com
What an embarrassment for the federal government, the State of New York, and the City of New York. Complete and total sham of a case and an injustice.

While I personally believe Peter Gatien was more interested in money, pop, high fashion, and catering to VIPs rather than really interested in the music itself (let alone electronic music) or the common club goer, to go after the owner of venues for illicit activity that usually quietly occurs on the premises and usually doesn't harm anyone, and further has no direct connection to that owner... well, it's immoral of the authorities.

In nearly every concert venue, lounge, and club I've been to, I've either seen drugs being done, asked if I had drugs, or asked if I wanted them. I have never indulged and never assumed the venue owners automatically had any connection to those activities. For what it's worth, I've also been asked or outright accused of being an undercover cop, which I was not, either.

What's oddly not fully explored in this documentary is the connection of certain lounges and club owners to Rudolf Giuliani who conveniently went unnoticed by narcotics investigations and who were never bothered with the enforcement of the historic anti-race-mixing No Dancing cabaret laws. I would have liked to have seen that hypocrisy explored. There was definite cronyism at work. I realize it's slightly apart from the laser-like narcotics enforcement Gatien experienced, but a relevant tangent, in my opinion.

The documentary might be a little slow-moving for some viewers not familiar with the subject matter. It's not the most stylish or extraordinary editing and 'reveals'. Don't expect The Thin Blue Line quality of workmanship. The music is also not particularly inspired in the cues used and there's a bit too much use of 'warehouse' re-recording reverb for my taste. But for what it is, Corben and co did a decent job on it. You are getting a very big picture here, yet with a lot of nuance. And I liked the earth turning into the crystal ball at the end. Classy.

This might seem contradictory, but I tend to think, while what happened was an injustice, it may have possibly done the scene some good, incidentally, to remove someone from the New York scene who had less interest in the music. Let's ignore for a moment the wisdom of associating with drug dealers or masses of hopped-up trannies. This possibly helped pave the way for those who weren't simply following the money as much regardless of the upsurge in muggings. This even more European-style event run by people who intimately care about the art itself (and I'm not talking about their interest in fashion designers or art gallery VIPs), has led to EDM getting back to its roots and then exploding as it has. This doesn't just go for free parties, but for-profit ones, too. This is not to say that money is not a component or there aren't some base profiteers at work, but the vibe has improved.

While Gatien got a bad rap (no pun intended, but probably an appropriate play on words), I think he lacked quite the 'purity' that he and the scene needed to be running raves... let alone raves in a church. The story of the money changers and another one about a rich man come to mind.
great movie Sept. 8 2013
By Wadiczka - Published on Amazon.com
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I only wish that there could be more footage of Limelight from early 80-90's. There is great deal of info the author was able to put in the movie, though.

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