ON THE BOWERY

Showtimes

Fri, Feb 25th at 6:00pm
Sat, Feb 26th at 3:00pm
Sun, Feb 27th at 3:00pm
Mon, Feb 28th at 6:00pm
Tue, Mar 1st at 8:00pm
Thu, Mar 3rd at 6:00pm
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

New restored print!

  1. ON THE BOWERY
  1. 1957, Lionel Rogosin, USA, 65 min.
  2. With Gorman Hendricks, Ray Salyer

“A milestone in American cinema...a rare achievement.”
—Martin Scorsese

“Living history...a tumbler-shot of Walker Evans blues.”
—Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

A landmark in American filmmaking, ON THE BOWERY, nominated for an Oscar in 1958, and screening in an exquisite black-and-white restoration, is an eerie quasi-documentary treatment of three days in the life of a man living on the streets of Manhattan’s quintessential skid row. All participants play lightly fictionalized versions of themselves, as Ray, a careworn but youthful alcoholic, falls in with geezer raconteur Gorman and his band of alkies for a one-way trip into oblivion. Director Rogosin creates an astonishing and unforgettable time capsule of the Bowery’s dives, flophouses, and missions, where life for the out-of-luck bottoms out. 35mm.

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Followed by

  1. THE PERFECT TEAM
  1. 2009, Michael Rogosin, France/USA/Italy, 47 min.
Reconstructs the remarkable behind-the-scenes saga of the making of ON THE BOWERY. DigiBeta video. (BS)