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Studio 54 Sex Drugs and Disco Over the years history has served as the model for many works of literature Since the creation of motion pictures they too have borrowed stories from real life The story of the infamous Studio 54 is one such historic incident that has fascinated people from the beginning The movie Studio 54 is greatly similar to the historical Studio 54 the story line is almost exact to the real events that took place in Studio 54 Ryan Phillippe plays Shane a working-class kid from New Jersey who longs to taste the forbidden high life at Studio 54 the hedonistic palace of New York disco dreams Its 1979 and as he looks across the river speaking to us in voice-over were meant to be lured by his Manhattan reverie At Studio 54 foxy Shane gets whisked past the doorman and before long lands a job as one of the bare-chested bartenders an elite crew of studly pinup conquerors who mix the drinks serve the cocaine flirt with the patrons and on the side revel in all the free sex and substance abuse they can handle Theyre gigolo manservants elevated to godlike status by the Studio hierarchy which celebrates beauty and pleasure as the only true values The truest value there of course is money but its the one that remains invisible kept barely under the table by the clubs co-owner mascot and reigning velvet-rope fascist Steve Rubell Mike Myers a pudgy ratlike Brooklyn vulgarian who has created the club as a shrine to everything that he believes deep down he lacks As the movie keeps telling us Studio 54 was more than a disco It was a world of fantasy and freedom where everyone joined in the pulsating ritual of music dance and ecstasy Mark Christopher who wrote and directed the film his first feature re-creates the clubs playfully subversive physical details the glitter confetti and giant silver man-in-the-moon cokehead
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