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Jerry's Deli1976

  • 4.3
JERRY'S DELI is a testament to a bygone era when shrieking lunatics could run successful (even popular) businesses. Shot on film-stock leftover from television cameramen, Tom Palazzolo's portrait of Jerry Meyer offsets sequences of the tyrannical deli owner (seen berating his employees and physically dragging customers to the counter) with personal interviews in which a soft-spoken Meyer calmly describes his decorated military service in World War II, his early stand on civil rights and this one time when he stabbed an employee in the arm. - Tom Fritsche

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Great short film! Awesome camera control for how difficult it must have been to maneuver with the equipment available at the time. Having worked in several delis, and ordered at many that move at a snail pace this is really fun to watch. Plus these are real characters in this deli that are hard to find today.

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Great short film! Awesome camera control for how difficult it must have been to maneuver with the equipment available at the time. Having worked in several delis, and ordered at many that move at a snail pace this is really fun to watch. Plus these are real characters in this deli that are hard to find today.

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i bet he puts out a relly good sandwich. makes me hungry watching this film

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It is an unspoken American tradition: the busy lunch counter; the take-out joint, run by screaming maniacs. You go in, you get yelled at, you get pushed around, you get the hell out--and you keep coming back! Every major city should have a place like Jerry's.

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Abusive service is an American tradition! In San Francisco, we had Sam Wo's, where irascible waiter Edsel Ford Fong would firmly tell you what to order. While Jerry may be a yeller, he's dedicated to what he does. And with places like this vanishing, this little time capsule is a refreshing reminder of what's been lost.

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Ah, Sam Wo's! Now that was a culinary adventure! I never had the honor of being abused by the legendary E.F. Fong, but I was definitely yelled at in that little 2nd story closet. Good times!

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Not so far off from what I remember back in the 80's. One thing is different- look at the heavy duty booze supply on the back wall...a hint that things in the 70's were still a little 'Madmen'-like perhaps? What a great idea for a short- well executed.

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LOVE THIS GUY!

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A few minutes back in time when an eccentricity actually kept the customers coming.

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Totally wacky but worth watching especially if you remember real New York delis.

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Brilliant! Just the right combination of everyday action and interview moments of reflection. Engaging, real, heartwarming. A short for humanists.

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great!

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A 9-minute study of psychotic humanism; a knuckle sandwich on rye bread.

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JERRY'S Awesome!!!

-reminiscently Seinfeldian: "No soup for you!"

It's always nice to see a bit of real life and a bit of history. This is a unique snapshot of a unique individual who as a soldier did many great things for this country before moving on to his business.

I'm sucker for sandwiches, but also humans with personality and character. Loved his approach and philosophy with his customers. Fantastic short doc that will make you cringe, smile, and laugh.

A beautiful film, so very inspiring. Palazzolo captured and preserved a 9 minute slice of a unique individual in an increasingly bygone era.

Very, very funny!

Really enjoyable

Great.

The New York of my childhood. I grew up thinking that this was life!

no one was wearing gloves lol good tho

quirky and fun, short and sweet

an era long gone, and sorely missed.