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The City

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Director: David Riker

Cast: Fernando Reyes, Marcos Martinez Garcia, Moises Garcia

 

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In the tradition of neorealist films like Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief comes an American film (in Spanish) about Latin-American immigrants living in New York City. La Ciudad, which was screened in the American Spectrum series at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, was directed by David Riker, who spent five years researching the project and working

Overview

In the tradition of neorealist films like Vittorio De Sica's The Bicycle Thief comes an American film (in Spanish) about Latin-American immigrants living in New York City. La Ciudad, which was screened in the American Spectrum series at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, was directed by David Riker, who spent five years researching the project and working with the non-professional actors in the film to capture the impoverished authenticity of life on the streets in New York's Latino community. All four stories concern the lives of poor, working-class people. In the four segments, a young bricklayer is killed when a wall collapses on him; two teenagers fall in love at a Sweet 15 party, only to lose each other in a housing project; a homeless man cannot enroll his daughter in school because he lacks proof of residency; and a seamstress in a sweatshop cannot pay for her daughter's medical treatments. The stories have tragic endings, reflecting the harsh realities of life in the ghettos of New York.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/2015
UPC:
0857490005141
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Oscilloscope
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
54,934

Special Features

New high-definition 2k transfer and digital restoration by David Riker; Cinema From Below (2004) - a 28-minute documentary about the making of La Ciudad; Fifteen Years Later - A new conversation with David Riker and some of the original cast; Theatrical Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fernando Reyes Jose
Marcos Martinez Garcia Armando
Moises Garcia Abel
Anthony Rivera Boy
Cipriano Garcia Francisco
Leticia Herrera Maria
Jose Rabelo Luis
Stephanie Viruet Dulce
Silvia Goiz Seamstress
Antonio Peralta Photographer

Technical Credits
David Riker Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Tony Adzinikolov Score Composer
Robin Alper Executive Producer
Roshelle Berliner Production Designer
Doug Bernheim Musical Direction/Supervision
Harlan Bosmajian Cinematographer
Arianne Burgess Production Designer
Richard Fleming Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Hurwitz Executive Producer
Doug Mankoff Executive Producer
Paul S. Mezey Producer
Alex Wolfe Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ciudad
1. Ted Good Men [8:52]
2. 15 Cents a Brick [5:11]
3. Collapse [4:39]
4. Stranded [:07]
5. New Arrival [5:01]
6. At First Sight [5:57]
7. The Invitation [5:22]
8. Lost [6:35]
9. Puppet Show [3:30]
10. This Is City Property [3:21]
11. School [4:32]
12. A Miracle [4:49]
13. Sweatshop [2:26]
14. A Sick Daughter [4:50]
15. Four Hundred Dollars [10:26]
16. Unity [6:54]
17. Chapter 17 [5:42]

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The City 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw it in Santa Monica, Calif. art house theater: audience gave it spontaneous ovation at end--only time I've seen that happen--reminded me of my mother telling of theater audience of 'Show Boat' so moved by Robeson's singing 'Old Man River', they gave standing ovation. Characters' problems help us see them as human beings with important things in common with viewers, even if we are from another culture. Framing device of I.D. picture's suggest unknown faces in a crowd all have stories that can touch our hearts. Ultimate upbeat message: in sympathising, working together we will win out over pain.