Somewhere in the City

Overview

Iranian-born director Ramin Niami loosely adapted the Maxim Gorky play The Lower Depths for this ensemble character study set in modern-day New York City's Lower East Side. Sandra Bernhard stars as Betty, a remarkably introverted and lonely therapist hungering for a male companion. In her apartment building, several other residents also have emotional, career, or romantic issues. Chinese student Lu Lu (Bai Ling) wants to stay in the U.S., so she interviews prospective husbands in hopes of obtaining a green card. ...
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Overview

Iranian-born director Ramin Niami loosely adapted the Maxim Gorky play The Lower Depths for this ensemble character study set in modern-day New York City's Lower East Side. Sandra Bernhard stars as Betty, a remarkably introverted and lonely therapist hungering for a male companion. In her apartment building, several other residents also have emotional, career, or romantic issues. Chinese student Lu Lu (Bai Ling) wants to stay in the U.S., so she interviews prospective husbands in hopes of obtaining a green card. Marta (Ornella Muti) is forced to sexually service her building's fat landlord daily in exchange for a free room, but she's in love with Frankie (Robert John Burke), an inept thief. Che (Paul Anthony Stewart) is a rich kid trying to incite a worker's revolt from his basement headquarters, while Graham (Peter Stormare) is a gay Shakespearean actor looking for love. Their stories intersect in the film's finale, which involves the kidnapping of former New York mayor Ed Koch (who plays himself).
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery; Director biography; Trailer gallery; Chapters
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2003
  • UPC: 720229910910
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,812

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bernhard Betty
Ornella Muti Marta
Robert John Burke Frankie
Peter Stormare Graham
Bai Ling Lu Lu
Paul Anthony Stewart Che
Bulle Ogier
Linda Dano
Bill Sage
Steven Schub
Kim Walker
John Fugelsang
M.B. Ghaffari
Robert Shapiro
Dupre Kelly
Jimmy Noonan
Victoria Bastel
David Pittu
Paolina Weber
Mike Danner
Technical Credits
Ramin Niami Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Lisa Albin Production Designer
Antonio Arroyo Sound/Sound Designer
S. Betim Balaman Costumes/Costume Designer
Paula Brancato Executive Producer
John Cale Score Composer
Iona de Macedo Associate Producer
Patrick Dillon Associate Producer, Screenwriter
Elizabeth Gazzara Editor
Ken Greenblatt Associate Producer
Karen Jaroneski Co-producer
Karen Robson Producer
Caroline Sinclair Casting
Robert Sturm Associate Producer
Igor Sunara Cinematographer
Das Werk Executive Producer
Rob York Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The House [6:38]
2. One Night Stand [6:56]
3. The Suitor [7:16]
4. The Gang [7:44]
5. Sex Education [4:11]
6. Shakespeare and Madonna [9:28]
7. Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black [9:15]
8. The Heist [11:04]
9. Visiting Uncle With the Red Wig [9:28]
10. Kidnapping the Mayor [9:38]
11. The Wedding [6:38]
12. Three Years Later [5:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      Photo Gallery
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Director Biography
         Ramin Niami
      Trailer Gallery
         Kira's Reason
         Aberdeen
         The Embalmer
         Seaside
         The Trials of Henry Kissinger
         First Run Features
   First Run Features
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