New York Memories

New York Memories

Germany, 2010, 89 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Biography / History, Documentary, Lesbian
Program: Documentary
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Rosa Von Praunheim

Legendary German filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim is back in the USA. He’s looking ahead by looking back — at his old stomping grounds and former protagonists — with new eyes.

The current New York City is much different from the city captured in von Praunheim’s 1989 success Survival in New York (Überleben in New York). Von Praunheim reaches back for his past glory days, and as he says, “I wanted to know what had happened to my favorite city — the place where I once spent the happiest times of my life.”

What he finds now seems to be a watered-down, conservative version of the glittering, wacky, no-holds-barred aura of the 1970s and 1980s. As he revisits his subjects, Anna and Claudia (his third subject, Uli, has moved to California), their actions, too, remind him of the time that has passed. After the AIDS crisis in the late 1980s, through Mayor Giuliani’s “cleansing” of the city in the 1990s, little that is familiar to the director seems to remain.

With amazing footage from von Praunheim’s time in a rougher, tougher New York City and discussions with current New York City residents, the director’s signature candid style shines on.

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