SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground (1997)

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The actual experiences of New York City subway riders are dramatized in a collection of 10 intriguing and very different vignettes. The tales showcase an ensemble of familiar faces, and ... See full summary »



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Bob Balaban , Patricia Benoit , Julie Dash , Jonathan Demme , Ted Demme , Abel Ferrara , Alison Maclean , Craig McKay , Lucas Platt , Seth Zvi Rosenfeld


Adam Brooks (segment), John Guare (segment), Lynn Grossman (segment), Angela Todd (segment), Seth Zvi Rosenfeld (segment), Albert Innaurato (segment), Danny Hoch (segment), Julie Dash (segment), Marla Hanson (segment), Joe Viola (segment), Rosie Perez (creator)


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13 September 2004 | paul2001sw-1
Trains to nowhere
The New York Subway is not just a transit network: it's also a place where all sides of that city's racial divide come together, albeit not necessarily in harmony. Even I have a collection of several Subway stories, and I was only in New York for 4 days. So the idea of making a film based on the true experiences of Subway users might not appear bad. But a collection of separate short films (each by a different director) always runs the risk of going nowhere, of offering underdeveloped plots and scenes that are meaningless without context: most of these stories end undramatically when someone simply gets off the train, and feel no more exciting or complete than the tales that I sometimes bore my friends with. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, my favourite segment is 'The 5:24', which develops a proper narrative despite fitting the overall pattern of chance encounters on brief journeys. Overall, however, 'SUBWAY stories' mainly reflects its subject matter: diverse, functional, but not exactly a place you'd choose to be without a very good reason.

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