Next Stop, Greenwich Village by Paul Mazursky |Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene | 24543215646 | DVD | Barnes & Noble
Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Director: Paul Mazursky

Cast: Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene

     
 
An aspiring actor leaves his home in Brooklyn for adulthood in Manhattan in Paul Mazursky's loosely autobiographical comedy-drama. In 1953, would-be thesp Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker) flees his hysterically clinging mother (Shelley Winters) for a $25-a-month (!!) apartment in bohemian Greenwich Village. Between Method-like acting classes, a movie audition (where he

Overview

An aspiring actor leaves his home in Brooklyn for adulthood in Manhattan in Paul Mazursky's loosely autobiographical comedy-drama. In 1953, would-be thesp Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker) flees his hysterically clinging mother (Shelley Winters) for a $25-a-month (!!) apartment in bohemian Greenwich Village. Between Method-like acting classes, a movie audition (where he meets a posturing actor played by Jeff Goldblum), and work at a juice bar, Larry hangs out with a circle of archetypal Village eccentrics, including suicidal Anita (Lois Smith), womanizing poet Robert (Christopher Walken), and flamboyantly un-closeted homosexual Bernstein (Antonio Fargas), as he negotiates the pitfalls of love and sex with liberated girlfriend Sarah (Ellen Greene). The fallout over the group's ill-fated love affairs, and the Lapinskys' inopportune surprise visits, finally lead Larry to make peace with his past as he contemplates his future in Hollywood. Mazursky looks back to the 1950s as in such other 1970s films as American Graffiti, Grease, and TV's Happy Days, but his Greenwich Village life is less a time of lost pre-'60s innocence than a precursor of things to come. Sex, Larry jokes, may be serious, but it is also an omnipresent fact of life rather than something to be feared or repressed; love is the real problem. Even as Larry's friends strike various poses, they are all out to do their own thing as best they can. Critical response to Mazursky's nostalgia trip was mixed when the film was released, but the performances, particularly Winters, were admired.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Paul Mazursky's autobiographical film about his salad years in the Village is a warmly nostalgic comedy. In the decades before the sexual revolution of the '60s and '70s, the Village was famed as a magnet for those interested in sexual experimentation or simply sex without the inconvenience of marriage. Among them is Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker), an aspiring actor who escapes from a semi-hysterical mother (Shelley Winters) in Brooklyn to learn about life among a circle of mildly eccentric friends in the Village of 1953. Mazursky is much more interested in exploring the daisy chain of relationships among Larry and his friends than in his career, and his depiction of the way in which this narcissistic group of characters are able to help and support each another is the heart of the film. While the constant interruptions of his parents into Larry's quest to get laid are reminiscent of the borscht belt schtick, Mazursky memorializes both his youthful confusion about sex and love and the gradual progress of his sentimental education with comic precision. The director looks fondly back to a more innocent time and finds the roots of the theme of sexual sharing that would remain a constant in his work. Lenny Baker is wonderful as the earnest, aspiring actor in his last performance before his untimely death at the age of 32, and Walken and Winters stand out among a uniformly excellent cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
UPC:
0024543215646
Original Release:
1976
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:51:00
Sales rank:
39,106

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by DIrector Paul Mazursky and Ellen Greene; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lenny Baker Larry Lapinsky
Shelley Winters Mrs. Lapinsky
Ellen Greene Sarah
Lois Smith Anita
Christopher Walken Robert
Dori Brenner Connie
Antonio Fargas Bernstein
Lou Jacobi Herb
Mike Kellin Mr. Lapinsky
Michael Egan Herbert
Denise Galik Ellen
John C. Becher Sid Weinberg the producer
John Ford Noonan Barney
Helen Hanft Herb's Wife
Rashel Novikoff Mrs. Tupperman, neighbor
Joe Madden Jake the Poet
Joe Spinell Cop
Rochelle Oliver Abortionist
Gui Adrisano Marco
Carole Manferdini Southern Girl
Jeff Goldblum Clyde Baxter, the actor
Rutanya Alda Party Guest
Milton Frome Customer in Drug Store
Ray Gill Actor
Vincent Schiavelli Actor

Technical Credits
Paul Mazursky Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Les Alexander Producer
Bill Conti Score Composer
Terry Donnelly Asst. Director
Richard Halsey Editor
Robert Jiras Makeup
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Ornitz Cinematographer
Tony Ray Producer
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Edward Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Next Stop, Greenwich Village
1. Main Titles [1:32]
2. Leaving Home [5:24]
3. Comedy Act [2:35]
4. The Group [3:50]
5. End of the Evening [3:19]
6. Stella! [:18]
7. Little White Lies [3:51]
8. Suicide Watch [2:41]
9. Surrounded by Friends [1:49]
10. The Visit [1:50]
11. Keeping Reality Out [2:58]
12. Bad Timing [3:42]
13. Seeing the Doctor [2:16]
14. Collecting the Rent [5:54]
15. A Couple of Questions [2:31]
16. Cattle Call [2:48]
17. Bloody Hell [5:59]
18. Take One [:14]
19. Undercover [9:55]
20. Going South [7:17]
21. Love in the Afternoon [5:07]
22. The Truth Game [3:49]
23. Hollywood Bound [5:44]
24. End Titles [4:00]

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