On the Bowery


Dir. Lionel Rogosin (1956).
On the Town, On the Waterfront, on the bum… Lionel Rogosin’s classic skid row documentary—two years in the making and newly restored—is a quintessential chunk of New York history and not just because the old Third Avenue elevated is a harsh and haunting presence. Rogosin frequented Bowery dives and flophouses; he used a hidden camera and some cannily staged scenes to dramatize a particular white working-class culture where desire under the el is mainly for a bottle of cheap muscatel.

Fridays-Sundays, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 20, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30 & 9:50 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 21, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m. Starts: Sept. 17. Continues through Sept. 19, 2010