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Portrait of the Sunshine Hotel, a flop house on the Bowery in New York's skid row. We meet Vic, the desk clerk... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Phil Bertelsen 
Produced by
Benjamin Armento .... associate producer
Phil Bertelsen .... producer
Mick Reed .... co-producer
Renee Sands .... co-producer
Original Music by
Erin O'Hara 
Jimi Zhivago 
Cinematography by
John Foster 
Film Editing by
Bryan Gunnar Cole  (as Bryan Cole)
Sound Department
Kevin Wilson .... sound re-recording mixer

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Grim..., 19 December 2008
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is one of the most utterly depressing and difficult to watch documentaries I have ever seen. Now this isn't to say it isn't good--it's just that it is rough going watching the film and I really doubt if most viewers can stick with the entire thing even if it is only about a half hour long.

The documentary is set in a flop house in the Bowery in New York. This is a super-seedy hotel where men men lead a meager existence--almost as if it's just a place to go so you can wait to die. Most of the men are addicts or gamblers and the place is a filthy and scary mess. However, despite the grime and depressing aspects of the film, the film makers do a wonderful job of getting inside the lives of just a few of the residents. In fact, I really would have like to have seen more lives profiled despite the utterly dismal tone of much of the film. Seeing their lives and learning how they got to such a state was oddly compelling but sad. What made it particularly well done was the way this was all tied up at the end--showing the Big Onion tour group as the guide talked about this being one of the last of the Bowery "hotels" in skid row.

In some ways, I wished I'd seen this film a few weeks earlier, as I was in the Bowery just two weeks ago and may have even passed the The Sunshine. I doubt if I would have had the nerve to stop in (especially after hearing the one guy talk about the bedbugs), but seeing it from the street would have been interesting.

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