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Terminal Bar (2003)

A fascinating pictorial history of a New York City bar whose customers, from the hard-drinking working class Irish to the coiffed African American gay male, continually transform its focus during its 10-year reign.

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Stefan Nadelman

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Orde Coombs (article), Peter Genovese (article)
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Credited cast:
Sheldon Nadelman Sheldon Nadelman ... Himself
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Tom Clifford ... Narrator (voice)
Emile Griffith Emile Griffith ... Himself (archive footage)
Lawrence Tierney ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Warden ... Himself (archive footage)
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A fascinating pictorial history of a New York City bar whose customers, from the hard-drinking working class Irish to the coiffed African American gay male, continually transform its focus during its 10-year reign.

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January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Terminal Bar: Cinematic Genius
13 December 2018 | by fandangonoirSee all my reviews

I can't say enough about this fantastic and brilliant film and series. The original Terminal Bar film and the subsequent sequel films are some of the best examples of filmmaking I've ever seen.

The premise is simple, former bartender and manager of the infamous New York City Terminal Bar Sheldon Nadelman tellls stories about his collection of photographs he took of the denizens and derelict customers from his decade long stay at the Terminal Bar. Nadelman tells of how the film began as a primarily Irish American bar and later transformed into a predominately gay bar.

Nadelman's son Stefan Nadelman directs and animates the photographs, telling the story of this long gone speakeasy with narration, pictures and pitch perfect music.

A book adaptation was later made of Nadelman's photographs. I'd love to see a feature length documentary of the film series with new material. The Terminal Bar was famously captured in a scene in the Martin Scorsese classic film Taxi Driver.

Terminal Bar is a film that's one for the ages.


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