Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

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Citizen Jane: Battle for the City offers a compelling overview of an influential activist's importance -- and underscores why the spirit of her work remains crucial today.

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Arguably no one did more to shape understanding of the modern American city than Jane Jacobs, the visionary activist and author of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" who fought to preserve urban communities in the face of destructive development projects. Here, she fights against the ruthless redevelopment projects of urban planner Robert Moses.

Cast & Crew

Thomas Campanella
Himself
Vincent D'Onofrio
Robert Moses
Voice
Marisa Tomei
Jane Jacobs
Voice
Mindy Fullilove
Herself
Michael Sorkin
Himself
Mary Rowe
Herself
Alexander Garvin
Himself
Robert Hammond
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Jessica Van Garsse
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Chris Dapkins
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Daniel Morfesis
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Andrea Lewis
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Jane Antonia Cornish
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  • Like his previous film, Valentino: The Last Emperor, about the famous fashion designer, director Matt Tyrnauer takes on a fascinating subject yet mostly consolidates existing information without adding much to our knowledge base.

    June 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Tyrnauer uses a ton of archival footage to tell his story, and brings it in at a brisk 92 minutes.

    June 2, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • She was also one tough cookie who appreciated a good fight. A bit more internal tussle would have both better honored her spirit and made for a better documentary.

    June 1, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Most good documentaries are powered by conflict, and you couldn't ask for a struggle more elemental or relevant to our time than the one chronicled in Citizen Jane: Battle for the City.

    May 25, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A celebration of grassroots activism and a cry for community, this should appeal to those interested in the history and politics of urbanisation as well as architecture nerds.

    May 7, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jacobs' unrelenting thirst for change stays with you.

    May 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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