Lower East Side Heritage Film Series: Scorsese & the City

Posted on: March 5th, 2012 at 11:23 am by

Tomorrow night kicks off the fifth installment in the sophomore season of the LES Heritage Film Series, a free monthly event in which short documentary films are screened at the Seward Park Library. The selections for March include a little Martin Scorsese action mixed in with some Depression-era New York City.

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Some background on the two films:

Italianamerican (1977, 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 (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.”

The LES Heritage Film Series runs on the first Tuesday of every month.

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