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  • Actors: Joseph Arias, Rick Aviles, Frank Moore, John Sex, Shannah Laumeister
  • Directors: Harvey Keith (II)
  • Producers: Steven G. Menkin, Stuart S. Shapiro
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LD4U8O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,169 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Plot Synopsis: A young woman wanders around New York City and stumbles across a number of strange characters and settings that represent the "underground" areas of the city. She sees stand up comedy in Central Park, a prostitution auction, a voodoo ceremony, an S&M club, and a number of very interesting performance artists. These are just a few of the sights and sounds of New York that she encounters.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NYC VIDEOPHILE on May 12, 2008
Format: VHS Tape
A shocking documentary with rare footage. Features Real artists in their enivornments during the late 80's New York / Lower East Side Art Scene.

The main premise of a young naive girl walking the city and stumbling upon various NYC underground art theaters and hang outs is a bit silly. The film-making isn't brilliant to say the least. However, the rare footage is amazing. Features real artists like Joe Coleman and other painters, performers, and shocking theater.

Lower East Side East Village and Alphabet City Performances, Artists, Poets, Performers Stand-Up Comics, Musicians, and much more wild weird and bizarre entertainers! - The bittersweet core of the Big Apple... The New York that pulsates at night. - Mondo NY is a perversely compelling tribute to the unsung antistars of the city... a circa 80's berlin cabaret. More than an eye-opening celebration of what makes the Naked City a one-of-a-kind metropolis. Many performers including: Karen Finely, Dean Johnson and Ann Magnuson lament the endangered status of their creative bastiona. - - It doesn't get much more subversive, outlandish and, sometimes, disgusting than the live acts displayed in this wacked-out New York City documentary from filmmaker Harvey Keith. Keith travels New York chronicling some of the cities more depraved souls, as well as an outrageous collection of performance artists, ranging from poetry readers to punk rockers to some acts that defy definition. Mondo New York is a raw, sexually and verbally shocking film that shows some of the Big Apple's greater--and, at times, more artistic--oddities.

This video is not available on DVD yet. There were two versions released. The one pictured here is an MPI home video release. There was a another release in the late 90's by POLYGRAM home video. Since Polygram video is no longer in business. This video is no longer available as well. It is well worth watching even if its a bit harder to find.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Nieves on September 30, 2007
Format: VHS Tape
Mondo New York is a rare documentation of New York's East Village performance art scene when it was just about to boil over into the mainstream. Many of the performers went on to become stars while others unfortunately died way too young (Charlie Barnett, John Sex), shortly after the movie was produced. This film is a must-see for anyone who is interested in the New York underground art scene. It may be the only chance for one to witness the energy of a lost decade. The vitality of the performers is palpable. I highly recommend this film to anyone interest in either performance art or New York subcultures. Definitely a great snap shot of The City as it was in the 1980's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Kirsner on December 13, 2010
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this at the theater and have a copy at home (I ran my beta copy to DVD years ago.) This is a great performance piece, notable standouts are Joe Coleman who bit the heads off rats and was threatened with legal action by Bob Barker in a great bit (he has fireworks strapped all over his body and he lights the fuse.....) Dean Wareham (Dean and The Weenies) a noted NYC transvestite performer performs one of the coolest songs you'll ever hear. Oh yeah, you don't want to miss Karen Finley beating a dead horse either.....
This was NYC pre 9-11 and pre Gulliani. Mondo New York is a slice of NYC that we'll likely never see the likes of again....
Mitch
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