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Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | TV Movie October 2009
Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.

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Marc Levin
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Credited cast:
Stan Herman Stan Herman ... Himself
Lisa Nussbaum Lisa Nussbaum ... Herself
Sigrid Olsen Sigrid Olsen ... Herself
Joe Raico Joe Raico ... Himself
Irving Rousso Irving Rousso ... Himself
Mort Sheinman Mort Sheinman ... Himself
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Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.

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Not Rated
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USA

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English

Release Date:

October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Szmatki: Od nędzy do pieniędzy do nędzy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Blowback Productions See more »
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Color
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What A Wonderful Schmatta ****
20 October 2009 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

This is truly an outstanding documentary dealing with the garment industry in the U.S.

George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is properly played at the beginning since the garment industry was synonymous with New York City itself.

The film is historical in nature tracing the beginning of the industry and detailing how the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire of March, 1911 paved the way for reforms as well as FDR's programs, which gave rise to the Wagner Act of 1935 and other reforms.

It dealt with the day to day activity of those 7th Avenue workers. The cutters, the designers, the movers and shakers of the industry are all discussed. What has happened to this once great industry? Out sourcing has ruined it and there is much talk of the Reagan years of the 1980s when unions were definitely frowned upon.

This excellent documentary shows the melting pot relationship of the garment industry to its people. Tastes may have changed, by this is definitely a piece of Americana, a bygone era which has left us and probably will never reappear. By the way, does anyone remember the Dress Walkout of 1958?


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