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Schoolly D. and Bad Lieutenant in Woodstock

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The gritty gutters of 1980s New York crime and corruption will be visited upon beatific Woodstock on September 9 when the Tinker Street Cinema screens the classic new-noir film Bad Lieutenant followed by a live appearance by rap legend Schoolly D.

Directed by Abel Ferrera, Bad Lieutenant (1992) stars erstwhile Hudson Valley resident Harvey Keitel in one of his greatest performances, as a wildly corrupt cop whose beat is in lower Manhattan during the peak years of the sector’s drug-ridden, vice-filled, pre-gentrification era. Called one of the best films of the decade by Martin Scorsese, Bad Lieutenant also stars Victor Argo, Paul Calderon, Bianca Hunter, Zoe Lund, Vincent Laresca, and Frank Adonis.


The original cut of the film famously features pioneering gangsta rapper Schoolly D’s “Signifying Rapper” (the song does not appear on the soundtrack or later versions of the film due to a lawsuit by Led Zeppelin, whose “Kashmir” was sampled for it without authorization). Born and raised in Philadelphia, Schoolly D has also contributed songs to several of Ferrera’s other films, such as King of New York (1990) and The Blackout (1997). Directly after the showing of Bad Lieutenant at Tinker Street Cinema, he’ll speak about his connection with the movie and about working with Ferrera and will follow the talk with a live musical performance and after party at adjacent Woodstock venue the Station Bar & Curio.

Tinker Street Cinema will screen Bad Lieutenant with a live appearance by Schoolly D on September 9 at 7pm. The film is rated NC-17 (those under 18 are not admitted). See website or call (845) 684-5380 for ticket prices.

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