Style Wars (1983)
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Critic Reviews for Style Wars
With a soundtrack of old-school hip-hop like Grandmaster Flash, the film is a fantastic origin story of a culture that still continues to exist to this day.
Yes, there were Style Wars back in the day. But they weren't just battling over graffiti design. The war was over which way the cultural landscape would swing.
Audience Reviews for Style Wars
An original, and simultaneously THE original, documentary on graffiti culture, and by extension and to a lesser degree, Hip-Hop culture in general. The 1980's of New York may be long gone, but they are captured here not with beauty or compassion, but with a detached emphasis on humanity. Well shot, well interviewed, and to a certain extent unbiased. At times it reads like a 60-minutes special, but at its best it provides a genuine, if sometimes too restricted and short, view into a world that has since evolved into something far more pervasive and different.
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