2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Doesn't have a huge amount of detail but it is tightly produced and makes for an engaging easily accessible potted history for the casual viewer
bob the moo from United Kingdom
6 May 2007
In the late 1960's and 1970's New York was not the shinning world city
that it now is. Crime was up and living conditions in many areas were
very low. However against this background, various musical styles that
would reach a global audience developed. This film explores the New
York of the time and charts the rise of punk, disco and hip-hop with
archive footage and contributions from key people involved at the time.
Apart from the terrible pan and scan job that had been done on the copy
broadcast on BBC4 (where titles and names dropped off either side of
the screen), this is a really well structured potted history of the
musically creative period in New York City that produced punk rock,
disco and hip hop. A lot of ground to cover perhaps but yet the film
manages it thanks to tightly edited talking heads (including members of
the Talking Heads!) and good use of archive footage. Of course it also
achieves this by simplifying the history and period and not going into
too much detail on any one aspect. To some viewers this will be a
problem but the majority of casual viewers will appreciate the flow and
Whalley and his team does a great job with the contributions and the
archive footage to keep it tight but also make sure that we feel like
we get the good out of impressive collection of people presented; many
I could have listened to for longer but this was not the film for that.
I suppose a lot of the credit should go to editor Quigley for bringing
it all together and never actually having a moment that doesn't add
value to the overall product. O'Brien's voice-over is restrained and
well used in the way that it is never pushed to the fore or anywhere
near the fore.
An interesting and engaging documentary for the casual viewer; sure it
doesn't have a huge amount of detail but it is tightly produced and
makes for an easily accessible potted history.
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