ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride (2013)
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Filmmaker Amy Nicholson portrays the struggle for the future of New York's famed Coney Island from the perspective of an outspoken ride operator as an ambitious real-estate tycoon attempts to exploit the commercial potential of the beloved amusement park, despite the very vocal objections of his many opponents. Eddie Miranda operates the Zipper -- one of the most popular rides on Coney Island. But when Eddie and a number of other small-business owners are forced out of Coney Island by a
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The story isn't over by the time "Zipper" ends, but Nicholson manages to close on a nostalgic, if not quite hopeful, note.
More effective as a loving send-off than an insightful look at the so-called "tides of progress" that have led to Coney Island's slow decline.
"Zipper'' tells a story of a Coney Island that is still very much a work in progress, and where there seems to be no room for small-time operators like Eddie Miranda.
Though not terribly nuanced, a bit muddled and lacking certain perspectives, "Zipper" drives home the fragile identity of even the city's signature locales and the alarming cultural myopia of much redevelopment ...
Combining footage of embattled town meetings and raucous boardwalk scenes with evenhanded interviews and visualized statistics, Zipper is a compelling argument for a populist Coney Island whose days are, alas, numbered.
A gentle, informative elegy for Coney Island which will never be the same again.
Zipper reminds us that we must fight, but remain strong, refusing to fear the reaper.
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