Sunday, September 26, 2010

On the Bowery

There are only two days left to get down to Film Forum & see On the Bowery, Lionel Rogosin's part scripted/part documentary 1957 film about life on skid row.  This is a haunting, beautifully shot picture of a very different city.  If you see it in New York, you will also get the opportunity to see a documentary by Rogosin's son, which explains the genesis & history of his father's film.  A number of critics have singled out this film, & Morris Engel's Little Fugitive (1953), as pivotal & influential works in the history of cinema.