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Blank Generation (1980)

Not Rated | | Music, Drama | 2 October 1980 (West Germany)
Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and... See full summary »


Ulli Lommel


Ulli Lommel (story), Ulli Lommel (screenplay) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Bouquet ... Nada
Richard Hell Richard Hell ... Billy
Ulli Lommel ... Hoffritz
Suzanna Love ... Lizzy
Howard Grant ... Jack
Ben Weiner Ben Weiner ... Kellerman
Andy Warhol ... Himself
Robert Madero Robert Madero ... Harry (as Bob Madero)
Igor Igor ... Bartender
Bill Milling Bill Milling ... Marlowe
David Pinnock David Pinnock ... Bobby Butler
Frank J. Butler Frank J. Butler ... Bobby's Father (as J. Frank Butler)
Robert Quine Robert Quine ... Voidoids
Ivan Julian Ivan Julian ... Voidoids
Marky Ramone ... Voidoids (as Mark Bell)


Nada, a beautiful French journalist on assignment in New York, records the life and work of an up and coming punk rock star, Billy. Soon she enters into a volatile relationship with him and must decide whether to continue with it, or return to her lover, a fellow journalist trying to track down the elusive Andy Warhol. Written by INFOFREAKO

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English | French

Release Date:

2 October 1980 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Sieluton sukupolvi See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Blank Generation (1980) was a terrible experience for Richard Hell, no one knew what they were doing, no complete script was written, just a rough sketch of a storyline. Pages would be written by Ulli Lommel on the day and given to the cast. Lommel would also come up with new plotlines, such as the search for an interview with Andy Warhol, and add new characters out of the blue, such as Suzanna Love's character Lizzy, and Lommel tried to say too many things with so many different messages, which Richard said all gave the movie a disjointed and random feeling since none of the scenes really connected with one another, they were just barely fleshed out ideas put on the screen. See more »


Hoffritz: [on the telephone] Hello, could I talk to Mr. Andy Warhol?
Hoffritz: Tell him to call me back in the Westbury room 705, thanks.
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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »


Blank Generation
Written by Richard Hell
Performed by Richard Hell & The Voidoids
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The ultimate pop-punk-Warhol experience
29 March 2010 | by normrinksSee all my reviews

Yeah, this is it! The ultimate pop-punk-Warhol experience. A wild love triangle, that was shot many years prior to SEX, LIES AND VIDEO TAPE and is much cooler and deeper. Carole Bouquet in the role of NADA LUMIERE is so sexy and cool, Richard Hell as BILLY is riveting, ULLI LOMMEL as Hoffritz is very funny and Andy Warhol as himself is the best! There is so much cool punk rock music in the film, the entire Blank Generation album, it's a real treat, yeah. All the locations show Manhattan, especially SOHO and the Lower Eastside as they were rocking in the late 70s, and even the World Trade Center is in it in a very cool shot from the Staten Island Ferry. I had to order this DVD from Japan, where the movie is a big hit - those Japanese obviously know what's good and cool, I was unable to score a new DVD here in the States, why is that? The producers should do a US release on this one, it's obligatory, because there must be a zillion punk rock, 70s pop fans out there.

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