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Charles Lane’s
SIDEWALK STORIES

Sunday. February 20

11:00 AM

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(1989, Charles Lane) On a wintry Greenwich Village street (Sixth Ave., between 3rd and 4th - steps away from Film Forum), street portrait artist Charles Lane (the writer/director himself) battles a bullying, giant fellow artist, strokes attractive businesswoman Sandye Wilson’s cheek a little more than needed to get those proportions right, then gets stuck with adorable tot Nicole Alysia (Lane’s real-life two-year-old daughter) when her gambler dad gets knifed - all in black and white silence… and without the use of a single intertitle. An homage to Chaplin’s THE KID (and other movies) set in a then-tough Village environment (Lane squats in a wreck slated for demolition) and clearly capturing the plight of the homeless, SIDEWALK STORIES retains a magical sense of the fable, until a final startling switch to…Winner of the Prix du Public at the Cannes Film Festival, where is received a 15-minute ovation, SIDEWALK STORES became a hit independent film around the world, but then disappeared; it’s never been on DVD or home video. DCP. Approx. 97 min.

RATED R — FOR VERY BRIEF, INNOCUOUS NUDITY AND SEXUALITY

Reviews

“Lane is endlessly inventive in the ways he finds to create humorous situations and tell his story through images, and the soundtrack music, by Marc Marder, reinforces everything that happens.” 
– Roger Ebert

“Mr. Lane has flown quite fearlessly in the face of fashion, and done this so confidently that any comparisons with Chaplin deserve to be appreciative.” 
– Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Charming, Chaplinesque fantasy film that, in its own modest way, boldly comments on the plight of the homeless in America… Marc Marder’s evocative score adds immeasurable to the film’s mood. Don’t miss this sweet, gentle sleeper.” 
– Leonard Maltin

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