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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 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 ...
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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 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.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; Scene selections; Featurette: "The Making of a Community Film"
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • UPC: 717119801540
  • Original Release: 1998
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  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Ten Good Men [8:55]
3. Double the Money [5:18]
4. Collapse [3:23]
5. Stranded [5:01]
6. New Arrival [1:58]
7. At First Sight [9:22]
8. The Invitation [6:37]
9. Groceries [3:30]
10. Puppets [3:19]
11. City Property [3:38]
12. School [5:41]
13. A Small Tree [2:26]
14. Sweatshop [4:50]
15. A Sick Daughter [5:01]
16. I Need to Be Paid [5:25]
17. A Prayer [12:15]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Featurette
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
      Play Featurette
   Scene Selections
   Subtitles
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      English Subtitles: Off
      Spanish Subtitles: On
      Spanish Subtitles: Off
   Trailer
   New Yorker Video
      To Be and to Have: Play Trailer
      Guantanamera: Play Trailer
      Life + Debt: Play Trailer
      Distant: Play Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2004

    One of my favorite movies!

    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.

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