La Ciudad (The City) (1998)

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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. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi
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Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Cipriano Garcia
as Francisco
Silvia Goiz
as Seamstress
Antonio Peralta
as Photographer
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Audience Reviews for La Ciudad (The City)

½

A haunting, compassionate look at the day-to-day lives of all too many Hispanic immigrants in New York City.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

A very moving film, excellent direction and lovingly filmed in black and white. It is reminiscent of the Italian new wave cinema from the late forties and 1950's. The amateur cast does a remarkable job. Excellent score. A very touching film. Excellent.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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