54: The Director's Cut


‘We’ve revolutionised going out‘, pronounces club owner Steve Rubell. At the legendary Studio 54, the mother of all nightclubs since the invention of disco, clubbing was much more than just socialising to music. In 1998, director Mark Christopher created a cinematic monument to this ostentatious mixture of Art Deco and plush, frivolous 1970s hedonism and drug-induced 24-hour party people. At the producers’ behest his film about this up-market disco in New York was changed considerably prior to its theatrical release and an extra 25 minutes of new material was added – including an ending that differed from the one in the original screenplay. Now, seventeen years after the premiere of the producers’ version, the Panorama is presenting for the first time the painstakingly reconstructed original version telling the story of young, curly-haired blond Jersey boy Shane O’Shea who loses himself in the bewitchingly glamorous world of sex, drugs and disco and who only just manages to jump ship before the club is closed down by the police. This reintegrated version is weightier, darker, more drug-addled and above all queerer than the version that received the nod at the time.


  • Runtime

    106 min
  • Country

    United States
  • Year of Presentation

  • Year of Production

  • Director

    Mark Christopher
  • Cast

    Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Neve Campbell, Mike Meyers, Sela Ward, Heather Matarazzo
  • Production Company

    Film Colony
  • Berlinale Section

  • Berlinale Category

Biography Mark Christopher

Born on a farm near Fort Dodge, Iowa on 9.7.1961. Studied at the University of Iowa, in Lisbon and in Paris. Made his debut as a director with the short, THE DEAD BOY'S CLUB, which won several awards. Graduates in film studies at Columbia University in 1995. Lives in New York. 

Filmography Mark Christopher

1984 A Gourmet's Delight | 1990 The Language of Boys | 1993 The Dead Boys' Club | 1998 54 | 2005 Pizza | 2007 Heartland | 2012 Real Life: The Musical