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WEST 47th STREET is a feature-length theatrical documentary film. It follows the lives of four people with serious mental illness, over three years. The film provides an unprecedented ... See full summary »
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WEST 47th STREET is a feature-length theatrical documentary film. It follows the lives of four people with serious mental illness, over three years. The film provides an unprecedented window on the lives of people who are often feared and ignored, seldom understood. Co-producers Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples enjoyed an extraordinary degree of access to their lives, and shot more than 350 hours of tape: off and on the street, in and out of hospitals and homeless shelters, healthy -- and psychotic. The resulting stories, both warm and dramatic, are about people who approach tremendous obstacles with humor, optimism and grace. Written by Anonymous

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Four People You've Tried Not To Notice

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Wandering
2 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not that great. Sure, only five other people have voted for it at the time of my writing. Maybe they were all in it. Anyway, it gets lost after a fairly strong first portion, then deteriorates, falling away from its main themes, and then goes nowhere for far too long. Mediocre. It starts out focusing on the patients themselves, then goes on to talking about what they are doing. Doesn't exactly give them all equal time, and doesn't tell us enough background. We have little idea of what plagued some of them, which would have enabled us to sympathize more with them. Uneven, even for a documentary. Only worth watching for extra credit in a psyche class.

6 out of 10.


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