On the Bowery (1956)
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I kept looking at those men lying on the streets and kept asking myself, "Where do they all come from? Where are their families? Their wives? Children? Sisters? Brothers? How did so many men wind up like this? I could see my grandfather and my father in their eyes. Would I ever turn my back on my father or brother so that his life would turn out like that? I believe this documentary did its job very, very well.
Like something out of Bukowski.
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This movie ranks #62 in BFI's 100 American Independent Films
This movie ranks #113 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #509 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry
This movie ranks #808 in Doubling the Canon