On the Bowery


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.

Wed., Nov. 24, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m.; Thu., Nov. 25, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30, 7:40 & 9:50 p.m., 2010

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