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Filmmaker: Karen Goodman
VHS - $ 95.00
Price includes Public Performance License.
Irving Berlin once did it. So did George Burns. Eubie Blake. Jackson Browne. Steet performing is an old-fashioned kind of theater in vogue again. On any day, in any weather, the streets of New York are transformed into stages as dancers, singers, comics, musicians, magicians and mimes perform for passers-by. The challenge is to make the city stop. And sometimes, it does -- if the entertainment is good and the moment just right.

This enchanting documentary spotlights 101 determined performers embodying the energy and creativity that fuel the Big Apple. Featured players woo the city on the sidewalks, in the subway, and even on the Staten Island Ferry, as they ambitiously carry on the tradition of passing the hat. It's show business with no budget, no theatre and no reviews. From poets to puppeteers, ventriloquists to impressionists, this kaleidoscopic film captures and celebrates the magic that transforms pavement into proscenium, conjuring a vibrant and uplifting portrait with universal appeal.

Running time: 28 min, Year released: 1987
Close captioned?: N, Color?: Y
Avail. formats: 16mm,VHS
ISBN: 1-55974-112-0
Language: English, Subtitled?: N
For classroom?: Y, Study Guide?: N
Grade level: 7th and up


"A small gem. The film fairly crackles with spirit..."
--Mike McGrady, Newsday
"An exuberant film...Here is a New York, NY of friendliness, enthusiasm and humor..."
--Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Other Credits:

Produced and Directed by Karen Goodman
A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production
CINE Golden Eagle; Emmy Award, Individual Achievement in Editing
This title can also be found in: Art & Artists (Visual), Artists, Musicians & Performers, CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, Cultural Studies, Emmy Award Winners & Nominees, Hobbies & Special Interest, Music, New York City, Puppetry, Theater, U.S.A., Urban Planning/Urban Life

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