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On The Bowery - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1 (1956)

Gorman Hendricks , Frank Matthews , Lionel Rogosin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gorman Hendricks, Frank Matthews, Ray Salyer
  • Directors: Lionel Rogosin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Milestone
  • DVD Release Date: February 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 257 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005Z3EAYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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

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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.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The Blu-Ray and DVD editions contain two feature films: ON THE BOWERY and GOOD TIMES, WONDERFUL TIMES as well as Rogosin's "lost" film, OUT.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare Alley March 14, 2013
Format:DVD
I am 63 years old, and the product of an alcoholic father. Though it skipped me in some ways--I am not addicted to the usual substances or behaviors--addiction has had a devastating effect on my life. My daughter was in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction for ten years, from age 13 until 23. This caused untold pain and misery in our family.

I am also a movie fanatic. I've seen literally thousands of movies. In particular I admire and deeply appreciate documentary films, because they show us reality, and, more than fiction films, they have the power to influence our thoughts and actions. They often shine a light into the dark corners of this world. This is such a film. I watched it last night on Turner Classics. I was astounded. I am embarrassed and reluctant to admit it, but prior to last night, I had never heard of Lionel Rogosin. Based upon this single film, I would rate him as one of the greatest filmmakers of all-time. This is a truly singular, extraordinary piece of work, simply amazing. It is tremendously sad and moving, frightening film, because while I watched it I could not help but think "there but for the grace of God."

There was a movie made years ago called The Exiles which came close to this. Then there is the monumental Eugene O'Neill play, The Iceman Cometh, which could have inspired, or was inspired by, this film.

Rogosin lived and drank with these alcoholic men of NYC's Bowery for many months, his aim being to befriend the men and to be accepted by them. I am sure he bought plenty of drinks in this time. None of these guys were actors; they were real people, real 'winos' and boozers who lived on those mean streets. They got so used to him that when he started filming them, they didn't bat an eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Bowery - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol 1 March 13, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
"On the Bowery" is one of those movies that will not ring a bell for most audiences, but may be recognized by true film connoisseurs. I certainly didn't know about it, and I have to thank the hard-working folks at Milestone, folks that truly love films and try to preserve some of the best ones before there are sent to oblivion. Thanks to them, we got to see restored versions of such classics as "I am Cuba," "Killer of Sheep," "Araya," and many others. Now we have the historically important and remarkable "On the Bowery," helmed by Lionel Rogosin, who was described by John Cassavettes as "probably the greatest documentary filmmaker of all time."

"On the Bowery" is one special film, in which it is a documentary, with a scripted and improvised story, and with some willingly and unwillingly unprofessional actors. Makes sense? It shouldn't, but it does. Director Rogosin tried to show to the world life at New York's Bowery area, kind of what we today refer to as skid row, an area inhibited by what appears to be unemployed men and women - mostly men --, who are either waking up each day on its street or having "breakfast" at a bar. Sadly, alcohol is the common factor. For this noble purpose, Rogolin enlisted some of the men that actually frequented the bowery. The main one, Ray Salyer, plays himself, and we see him arriving to the bowery with just a suitcase and some money; he claims to be a railroad worker. He looks fine and well-kept, and, for some reason chooses to go to a bar as his first stop. Even though he has seen and felt the evil of booze, he is weak and agrees to have a drink with some fellows that he meets in the bar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Incredible
Published 15 days ago by Mike Zibnack
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
perfect
Published 24 days ago by Michael Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Bowery captures the sights and sounds of an indelible and...
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 more
Published 2 months ago by Saully
4.0 out of 5 stars i purchased it...
...for a friend who was impressed by it. they are working with men who have alcohol problems. It was a gift to him.
Published 16 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
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 16 months ago by Deborah Kearney
5.0 out of 5 stars On The Bowery
Very interesting and candid. A subject never touched on before and lived, not acted, by real people. A must view!
Published 17 months ago by Joyce L. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BOWERY
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 FILM
Published 18 months ago by L J COLETTA
5.0 out of 5 stars The Maddest and Saddest Street in the World
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 more
Published 20 months ago by crunkyteen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great films
These are 2 amazing films/documentaries. Especially On The Bowery.
I remember those days as a young kid. Brought back memories of a very sad time and place. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert Sabella
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bowery as it Was Then
This film must have made a big impact in its time. I recall a documentary around 1953 about Chicago's Madison Ave, its "dirty backyard" if I remember accurately. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Georgianna M. Bergeron
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