"Before new lightweight equipment and film stocks allowed for the cinéma-vérité revolution of the 1960s, Rogosin pointed the way towards a new visual grammar for nonfiction, and a new boldness in subject matter, with this extraordinary docufiction depiction of life on New York’s Skid Row, captured in all of its pungent, pock-marked authenticity. An anecdotal tale of drunks and day-laborers which progresses in a wavering amble, starring nonprofessionals who lived the parts that they played—Gorman Hendricks, who appears as the streetwise mentor to a Bowery newcomer, was dead of drink before the film’s debut. “In a very real sense the ultimate New York movie… living history captured with such fortune and care that there’s no sign of decay after 50-plus years.”—The Village Voice

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