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For songwriter Woody Guthrie, his guitar was a machine that "kills fascists." For Lionel Rogosin, the weapon of choice was a movie camera, and his first battle was waged on the streets of New York City. Exploring the underworld of the city's skid row, Rogosin developed his signature style. After months drinking with men he met on the Bowery, Rogosin worked with his buddies to write a screenplay that reflected their lives-and then cast them as themselves. This technique of making films "from the inside" allowed Rogosin to film ordinary people caught up in universal problems. His films explored alcoholism, homelessness, racial discrimination, war, labor conflict, and poverty with great compassion and honesty. On the Bowery chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York's skid row. When the film opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent film movement and earning an Oscar nomination. Now gloriously restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, On the Bowery is both an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made. Good Times, Wonderful Times was Rogosin's powerful response to militarism and fascism. For two years, Rogosin traveled to twelve countries, amassing footage of war atrocities from national archives. He then interspersed these harrowing images with scenes of a London cocktail party's inane chatter. The juxtaposition satirizes the tragic irresponsibility of modern man. Good Times, Wonderful Times, released at the height of the Vietnam conflict, became one of the great antiwar films of the era. Out, a documentary by Rogosin made for the United Nations, tells the plight of Hungarian refugees fleeing to Austria in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
A must-see for anyone who cherishes the old soul of New York. --New York Times
A vivid, electrifying time.... Do not miss it. --The Oregonian
The ultimate New York movie. --Village Voice
Part scripted film - part documentary. One of a kind and not to be missed if your interested in the Bowery, alcoholics and the homeless. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Daniel Teoli Jr.
My father had a store on the Bowery from the 1930's to 1960. It was one block south (of Delancey) while this appears to have been shot one or more blocks north of Delancey. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Saully
...for a friend who was impressed by it. they are working with men who have alcohol problems. It was a gift to him.Published on May 29, 2013 by Rose
The movie is riveting. Be prepared to watch people in dispair. You will feel that whatever your problems are, people have it so much worse.Published on May 20, 2013 by Deborah Kearney
Very interesting and candid. A subject never touched on before and lived, not acted, by real people. A must view!Published on April 24, 2013 by Joyce L. Buckley
EXCELLENT FILM ON DAY TO DAY LIFE ON THE BOWERY IN 1956,DISTURBING AT TIMES AS THESE POOR SOULS GET CONSUMED BY CHEAP WINE., A MUST SEE FILMPublished on March 22, 2013 by L J COLETTA
I'm not sure why I purchased this blu-ray. I had never heard of the film or Lionel Rogosin before. I watched it once, put it away. Read morePublished on February 6, 2013 by crunkyteen