Style Wars (1983)
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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.
...provides a glimpse into the artistic process (with its beautiful, criminal, and competitive aspects) and preserves a chunk of public art from a NYC that no longer exists.
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Audience Reviews for Style Wars
A fine documentary piece about the blossoming graffiti culture in New York in the early 80's. It raises a lot of questions. Art or vandalism? Art or simply graphic design? Does hanging it in a gallery legitimize it, or does it get robbed of something vital to the artform? And the conflicts with the authorities, the public, and the devious villain Cap give the story some drama. The uptight-white-guy narration sounds dated (and hilarious) but otherwise a solid and thought-provoking work.
one of my favorite documentaries. this one shows graffiti in NyC in the late 70's early 80's and how the hip-hop movement began. Brilliant and well shot.
Loosing half a star just because its kinda corney to watch now a days. This is the movie to see on the rise of Hip-Hop in new york and anyone who says they love graffiti, street culture, and rap music but hasnt seen this movie truly has no idea what they are talking about.
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