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The seminal hip-hop film Wild Style turns 25

“I've gotten chased so many times, but the knuckleheads never get to catch me,” says graffiti artist Zoro (played by the legendary Lee Quinones) in Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style, the very first hip-hop movie shot in the South Bronx in the late ’70s and early ’80s. In celebration of Wild Style’s 25th anniversary, Film Forum is doing special late-night screenings of a fresh 35mm print for just one week: From the rivalries to the DJs to the breakdancers to the dangers of writing in the subway tunnels, the film is a fascinating look into those innocent early days of hip-hop and its superstars, including Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Caz, and the Rock Steady Crew. Tonight and Saturday at 9 p.m., Ahearn and surprise guests sign copies of Wild Style: The Sampler, the new behind-the-scenes book about the making of the movie. Starts today, through November 20, Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, 212-727-8110, filmforum.org, $11 ANGELA ASHMAN
Nov. 14-20, 2008

 
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