Prince of the Streets

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2014 11 11, plucked from Movie Monthly Archive

Watching Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets a lifetime of social-consciousness movies is flooding back at me. I want to mention two others in particular:

Los Olvidados

Los Olvidados
thanx independentcinema

Great, great, great Babel

Babel
thanx alienationmentale

And best of all, Ali Zaoua

Ali Zaoua
thanx africafilms

There are others too: representing ghettos around the world: Brazil, India … awards won by several.

Los Olvidados won prizes in 1950, it was more like 1960 before I saw it, before I saw any Bunuel, then I saw a bunch in a row, starting with the Mexico/Commie ones, then I saw the wonderful surreal ones as they came out: Viridiana, etc.

I hail Babel as a great movie. I’m only part way into Ali Zaoua, paused, to genuflect, what a great movie, what fabulous kids’ acting …
Now memories of Pather Panchali are also flooding me, but that kid was with his family. And now I also remember WWII newsreels showing German boys chain smoking cigarettes and poking around the rubble of Dresden.

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About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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