In 1981, a political scandal that affected the Italian production company prevented the post-production and release of the film. Subsequently, after much searching and petitioning the courts in Italy, Glenn O'Brien located the film in 1998. Finally, post production began in 1999 and the film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
Jean Michel Basquiat:
I'm an artist. When you tell people that they usually say, 'what's your medium?' I usually say, 'extra large.'
In the 2001 version, Downtown 81, Saul Williams does the voiceover for Jean-Michel Basquiat's character.
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