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Tom Palazzolo's Chicago


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Editorial Reviews

For four decades, filmmaker Tom Palazzolo has been the purveyor of affectionate, poignant, and dark musings on Chicago's urban landscapes, creating low-budget documentaries about the strange, hypnotic, and diverse ethnography of Chicago. Labor Day, East Chicago (1979) chronicles a neighborhood celebration featuring senior citizens, beauty queen candidates, and the local Lions Club chapter. I Married a Munchkin (1994) presents the life and times of Mary Ellen St. Aubin, a woman small in stature who lived large. Down Clark Street (2000) offers a personal perspective on the evolution of Palazzolo's neighborhood over the years.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Facets
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0077PTWIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,307 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold Reinhold on May 15, 2012
Tom Palazollo's footage of the 1979 East Chicago Labor Day Festival, transports the viewer back to a time that might seem all-too-familiar or eerily fascinating depending on one's age. For those who lived through the late Seventies in Chicago, the bellbottom jeans and disco music are memories of a forgotten age, but to the initiated, like me, who grew up in a more contemporary version of the Windy City, the images are startling.
I was most struck by the teenage beauty contest over who would lay crown to the supposedly-hallowed crown of Miss East Chicago. The answers that the contestants gave to questions were so foreign to my generation that I couldn't help but chuckle at their naïve and humble sensibilities. When one participant is asked what her preferred occupation would be, she answers "beautician." I can't imagine a girl today would ever aspire to be a beautician, even if it was so popular just over 30 years ago. That is why this footage is so interesting and vital, because it shines a light on the glaring differences between the past and the present. But also, through the documentary, one gains an understanding of how innately similar we are now to those who celebrated Labor Day on that beautiful afternoon in 1979, even if a few of them wanted to be beauticians
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