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SIDEWALK STORIES BLU-RAY
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(1989) On a wintry Greenwich Village street (6th Avenue, between 3rd and 4th - steps away from Film Forum), street portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia (Lane’s real-life daughter) when her gambler dad gets knifed – all in b&w silence… without a single intertitle. An homage to Chaplin’s The Kid (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village. Clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, Sidewalk Stories retains a magical sense of the fable.
"WEAVES A SPELL AS POWERFUL AS IT IS ENTERTAINING!"
– Roger Ebert
"AS EMBLEMATIC A NEW YORK FILM AS THERE IS!"
- Steve MacFarlane, Slant
"A GREAT, LOVABLE, MONUMENTAL FILM THAT'LL FINALLY GET ITS DUE! You might never have heard of it, but thanks to this rediscovery, restoration and re-release, that'll never be the case again."
- Henry Stewart, The L Magazine
"SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE GOTHAM CANON! A much gentler, smaller, but no less impassioned portrait of New York and its woes at the tail end of the Koch administration than Spike Lee’s studio-backed Do the Right Thing."
- Melissa Anderson, Artforum
DVD & Blu-ray Extras:
• Audio commentary by director/star Charles Lane and composer Marc Marder
• “A Place in Time” – The short film, directed by Charles Lane, that initiated the project of SIDEWALK STORIES
• “Vibrations” – An exclusive interview about the making of the film, with director Charles Lane and Marc Marder
• 2013 Trailer
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