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On the Bowery(1957)

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  • on the bowery

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/17/18

    Powerful docudrama (with an emphasis on the drama) that captures not only the misery but also the boredom of poverty. If it is weakened a bit by the non actors sometimes stiff delivery of dialogue that has been given them to read it is immensely strengthened by employing real people rather than performers, however talented. Give it an A minus. P.S. Regarding the previous reviewer's observation on the dearth of African American bums in this film I would simply reply that in 1957 the doctrine of "Separate But Equal" was regrettably still with us.

  • Very Well Done

    • TCM Watcher
    • 2/6/18

    Keeps your interest, worth watching. One thing I noticed (that is neither here nor there) was that there was only ONE black person on the screen and that was for only about 5 seconds. Were things that segregated even in the Bowery in 1956? I would rate this movie three stars out of four mainly for the production values that were used to film this movie on location.

  • Honest and Important Film About Alcoholism

    • Joe Nadenicek
    • 2/5/18

    I'm surprised I'd never seen or even heard of this film, but I rate it right up there with Lost Weekend and the Days of Wine and Roses, as one of the most honest films I've ever seen about alcoholism and the down and out life. Great portrayals of men women trapped in desperate lives, that have somehow become almost routine. People of every stripe - the good, the bad, the pathetic, the hopeful - every shade of gray. I highly recommend this film.

  • Groundbreaking film

    • Pete
    • 3/19/13

    You know a good film when you can't get it out of your mind!, this is an excellent documentary / reality film. You really felt for Ray in his struggle with the booze but you and also see how much he loved the life on the street as well as hated it. I can't find any information on his life other then they offered him a contract and he turned it down he would have been a natural actor! Kudos to this film and TCM for showing it!

  • Appreciate what you have

    • Gibbs
    • 3/14/13

    Watching this will make you appreciate what you have. The people in the movie have pretty much reached a depressing point in their life. The only way to go for these people is up.

  • Powerful Story

    • Christine
    • 3/14/13

    Very sad and moving docudrama about alcoholic lost souls in New York's lower east side. Ray, a nice-looking younger guy, loses his modest belongings and money as he boozes it up. Finally Ray gets a few dollars from a man who befriended him (but also stole his stuff and pawned it and gave Ray some of the money although Ray doesn't know this guy ripped him off). He talks of getting cleaned up and moving to Chicago for a fresh start but things don't look that hopeful in the end. Tough to watch but I couldn't turn it off. Very impressive first effort from a pioneering documentary filmmaker.

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