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On the Bowery

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 02/19/2007 , 65min.
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Plot & Details

Audiences in 1956 expected documentaries to be antiseptic extended advertisements, or a series of pretty pictures of faraway places. Adventurous young filmmaker Lionel Rogosin shattered these preconceived notions with his first effort, On the Bowery. This devastating tour of the Lower East Side and the derelicts residing therein may be difficult to look at, but the unvarnished truth often is. Rogosin concentrates on a representative cross-section of Bowery habitues: their matter-of-fact acceptance of their miserable lot in life is ten times more powerful than any Hollywoodized dramatic re-enactment. Filmed on a budget consisting of Lionel Rogosin's life savings, the 60-minute On the Bowery was nominated for an Oscar and won top prizes from the British Film Academy and the Venice Film Festival.
  • MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
  • Genre(s): Documentary,Special Interest
  • Run Time: 65min.
  • Theatrical Release Date: 02/19/2007
  • DVD Release Date: 02/21/2012
  • Director(s): Lionel Rogosin
  • Themes: Alcoholism,Down on Their Luck
  • Tone: Austere,Bleak,Compassionate,Downbeat,Poignant
  • Keywords: homeless, homelessness, skidrow, street-people
  • Language: English

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1957 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Documentary Feature Lionel Rogosin Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Documentary Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1956 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Documentary Won

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