Limelight (2011)



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As the owner of legendary hotspots like Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA, Peter Gatien was the king of the New York club scene until years of legal battles led to his eventual deportation to Canada. This exuberant documentary charts Gatien's rise and fall against the transformation of New York City, offering a wild ride through a now-closed chapter in the history of NYC nightlife. From the director of "Cocaine Cowboys." -- (C) Official Site
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (12)

The movie was produced by Jen Gatien, its subject's daughter, so its agenda should be fairly obvious. But it's an engrossing story nonetheless.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Chicago Reader
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Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Miami Herald
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Watching Limelight, about the rise and politically engineered fall of onetime Manhattan nightclub kingpin Peter Gatien, is like looking through a family album: If you're in the family, you might be interested.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
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Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Globe and Mail
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Limelight offers a few moderately enlightening interviews and a lot of candy-colored lights.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
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Transporting as it is, this doc leaves a bad taste in your mouth, if just for the ill will it drudges up.

Full Review… | September 22, 2011
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for Limelight

Great documentary about rise and fall of Canadian Peter Gatien who used to own all best nightclubs in New York City in 80's and 90's.

Jaro Pivarci
Jaro Pivarci

Great documentary about club owner Peter Gatien, whose career also paralleled the rise of the rave and drug culture in NYC, which makes for an interesting time capsule look into that time period. Good stuff, recommended.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

If you grew up in NYC in the 90's this is a film for you about the rise and fall of Peter Gatien and the Limelight night club

Eric Prill
Eric Prill

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