Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
A nostalgic invocation of the past, however, is not the film's sole or even chief strength. That honor goes instead to the amazing part of the actor hero's mother brilliantly portrayed by Shelley Winters, clearly in the role of her career. She is the Jewish Mother On Film for all time. Not just a stereotypical devotee of the classic formula - control guilt feelings and you control the child - she is also, surprisingly and freshly, herself a frustrated artist. When she weeps over the radio singing of Jussi Bjorling, vowing to hear him in person at the Met, or unconventionally jitterbugs, mad glint in her eye, with a black gay guy at a Greenwich Village party she crashes, we feel affection for her despite her cluelessness and manipulations. Hers is an unfulfilled life in Brooklyn, for she's bursting with an artist's energy which has no outlet. This becomes the ground of her aspiring actor son's and then our eventual respect and affection for her despite her meddling as the would-be power behind the son's throne. "Next Stop Greenwich Village," all told, is a film of considerable distinction, and it deserves to be far better known.
For whatever reason, Paul Mazursky's NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE is a classic movie about youthful ambition, betrayal, tragedy, and never-ending surplus of hope. While most directors ultimately wind up knee-deep in schlock when making a movie about their youths, Mazursky keeps his focus on honesty. There's an integrity in his examination of these young characters, as they support and/or abuse each other in pursuit of their aspirations.
The performances are sparklers. The late Lenny Baker contributes just the right amounts of comedy, self-doubt and, ultimately, self-confidence the role demands. And, as others have mentioned, Shelley Winters is totally priceless! NEXT STOP GREENWICH VILLAGE should be your next purchase.
PS--When will the dvd version come out?
But this authentically Great (but undervalued/ underappreciated) Film from Paul Mazursky at its 'heart' is really about that earlier 1950's period, and the burgeoning 'clash of cultures' and departure from conformity/ traditions, etc. (i.e. the main protagonist Larry Lipinsky = played by Lenny Baker = being raised in a more conservative Jewish traditionalist upbringing).
In this new world, Larry begins to discover and 'bond' with the quirky & irreverent cast of colorful characters, all seeking a Life more fulfilling, and more in-line with their highly creative dispositions! Some of these charismatically 'quirky' characters include Christopher Walken, Ellen Greene and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a Paul Mazursky movie, from 1976, that, as you watch it, can seem inconsequential and even irritating (because many of the characters are irritating), but it stays in the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stanley Crowe
i loved Lenny Baker and this movie when I saw it years and years ago. I'm older and Lenny is no longer with us but the story still is touching and
I love seeing NY scenes... Read more
Good film a lot of actors you well know when they where stating outPublished 23 months ago by Bette Davis
Good quality DVD enjoyed the movie. It is a time capsule of NY City in the 50's. A lot of stars of today just starting out their acting careers . Very entertaining.Published on July 24, 2014 by loutomaio
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Look for Similar Items by Category
- Movies & TV > 4-for-3 DVD
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Comedy
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Romance
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > All Fox Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment > Comedy