American Swing

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Summary: The year was 1977 and New York City burned. As the metropolis hurtled into bankruptcy, the city's nightlife hit unprecedented heights. In midtown, the ultra-exclusive Studio 54 was a cocaine-fueled celebrity clubhouse. Downtown, at the spartan CBGB’s, punk rockers set out to destroy everything Pop. Meanwhile, in the basement of the prestigious Ansonia building on the conservative Upper West Side, Plato's Retreat opened its doors to ordinary couples who came to dance, to swim, and… to swap. It was the start of a revolution. The brainchild of former wholesale meat purveyor Larry Levenson, Plato’s Retreat quickly emerged as the epicenter of public sex for the “me” generation. Previously, swinging was mostly an underground activity, engaged in primarily by the attractive and the well-to-do. But Plato's welcomed anyone and everyone. For a mere $35, couples checked their judgments and pedigrees at the door of this clothing-optional Disneyland. Debutantes got it on next to bus drivers, as movie stars gave secretaries the “starlet treatment.” For Levenson and others, Plato's was a utopia. For some, it is a time capsule that they are eager to forget. Utilizing exclusive interviews with former patrons, employees, and family members, intercut with riveting, never-before-seen archival materials, “American Swing" brings this little-known epic of sex and excess to the big screen for the first time. (Magnolia)

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Runtime: 81 min
Production: HDNet Films
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Apr 14, 2009
Director Credit
Jon Hart Director
Matthew Kaufman Director
Writer Credit
Jon Hart Writer
Cast Credit
Al Goldstein Himself
Bryce Britton Herself
Buck Henry Himself
Dan Dorfman Himself
Dian Hanson Herself
Donna Ferrato Herself
Edward I. Koch Himself
Fred J. Lincoln Himself
Irwin Corey Himself
Jamie Gillis Himself
Joe Franklin Himself
Larry Levenson Himself
Ron Jeremy Himself
Steve Kraus Himself
William Davidson Himself
Producer Credit
Christian Hoagland Producer
Christopher Matson Associate Producer
Gretchen McGowan Producer
Jack Siegel Associate Producer
Jason Kliot Executive Producer
Joana Vicente Executive Producer
Matthew Kaufman Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: