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The Gods of Times Square1999

  • 3.8
THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE was shot over a six year period that witnessed a radical transformation of Times Square. Gone now are the mom and pop stores, squeezed out by a real estate gold rush. Gone too are the colorful characters who made Times Square a "speaker's corner." Only the most strident of religious zealots remain to warn of "eternal sin." THE GODS OF TIMES SQUARE records a time in New York City history when the place most identified with free speech and the soul of New York changed from a democratic, interracial common ground to a corporate controlled soulless theme park. The former versions of Times Square offered it's congregants a place to air their thoughts and blow off a little steam on the one hand or to rant about God and race at the other end of the Times Square spectrum. Now the choices are fewer, the prices are higher and the "sin" is gone. The fabled "white way" now plays host to the newest of Gods: Mickey, Minnie and Goofy on one corner, Bugs Daffy and Porky on the other... Gods help Times Square!

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Splendid slice of NYC recent history. Thank you, Jesus, if you're out there, for creating these charismatic people and this terrific film.

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Scenes from the street in Times Square circa early 1990's are shared here. A city in transformation is viewed in citizens' faces and words. This is an entertaining snapshot of the recent past. Highly recommended.

thoroughly delightul cinema verite ""streeter", excellent camera work, composition and editing a must see, also very funny and compassionate work