Stu­dio 54 Doc­u­men­tary Brings Nos­tal­gia To the Pub­lic

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Ian Schrager, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosen­thal hosted guests like the El­gort fam­ily and He­lena Chris­tensen to re­live the era’s best mo­ments. BY LEIGH NORD­STROM

Stu­dio 54 reigned again Thurs­day night, when Ian Schrager brought the nos­tal­gia to his new it­er­a­tion, Pub­lic Ho­tel, for a screen­ing of the doc­u­men­tary “Stu­dio 54,” fol­lowed by a late-night party.

Schrager played host for the screen­ing of the Matt Tyr­nauerdi­rected film along­side Robert De Niro and Jane Rosen­thal, wel­com­ing guests in­clud­ing Arthur, Ansel and So­phie El­gort; Norma Ka­mali; Ruby Aldridge; He­lena Chris­tensen; Elsa Hosk; Bob Co­la­cello; Dy­lan McDer­mott; Ge­or­gia Fowler; Ju­lia Goldani Telles; Pa­tri­cia Field; James Mur­phy; RJ King, and more.

“It was ex­cit­ing prepar­ing for this. The whole thing was much more ex­cit­ing than ac­tu­ally be­ing here and kiss­ing ev­ery­one,” Schrager said be­tween cheek-kisses atop the roof. “I like to see ev­ery­body hav­ing a good time. I like to see the place crowded and it's al­ways kind of ex­cit­ing for me to see that. Not to be in the mid­dle of it, but to see it.”

The ex­pe­ri­ence of the film's pro­duc­tion was an emo­tional one for him.

“It was very per­sonal,” he said. “Over­all, I wanted to be part of some­thing that was a real qual­ity film, that was a real project. We're be­ing con­sid­ered for a nom­i­na­tion for an Academy Award, and I love that we're be­ing con­sid­ered and I would love to get it. But see­ing the film, I still get a lit­tle em­bar­rassed by it — it's still very re­veal­ing, and very per­sonal. I told Bob De Niro ‘all the things I wanted to take out of the film are all the things that make the film good.' So I'm happy with it. A lot of the things hap­pened 40 years ago, and we seem to for­get the bad things and only re­mem­ber the good things.

So I was think­ing to my­self,

‘why would I want to re­mind ev­ery­body of those things?' But at the end of the day, I wanted to be in­volved with a good film.”

In be­tween prep­ping for the big open­ing night, Schrager has been keep­ing up with lots of Amer­i­can his­tory read­ing.

“I just fin­ished read­ing, for the sec­ond time, 'The Best and The Bright­est.' I'm read­ing a Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton bi­og­ra­phy by

Joseph J. El­lis. I've just fin­ished the Franklin bi­og­ra­phy by the same guy who wrote the Steve Jobs bi­og­ra­phy, Wal­ter Isaac­son, who I hap­pened to have met,” he said. “I love Amer­i­can his­tory — I love get­ting in­spi­ra­tion for to­day by read­ing about great men of the past.”

Robert De Niro

Andy Warhol and Cher, 1977.

James Mur­phy

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