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LES Heritage Film Series, Season 2, Pt.5


March 6, 2012

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For ages 13 to 18 years

Showing films on the first Tuesday of every month. This FREE series will offer documentary and feature films that were shot on location in lower Manhattan on both 16mm and DVD formats. 

5th part in the series:

City of Contrasts (1931, 28 min., 16mm)

Producer, director, Irving Browning photographs New York City during the Depression exploring roof-top luxury as well as street-level reality. Includes footage of Chinatown, the Lower East Side, Little Italy and Coney Island. The narration, added later, mitigates the visuals and transforms the film into a "city symphony."

Italianamerican (1974, 26 min., 16mm)

Profiles the experiences of Italian-American immigrants through the eyes and lives of one couple, Catherine and Charlie Scorsese, interviewed by their son, film director Martin Scorsese. Includes informal footage of the family at the dinner table, reminiscences about the Scorsese family in Sicily and New York, and treasured family snapshots.

City of Contrasts and Italianamerican courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.