Sidewalk Stories

Sidewalk Stories

Writer-director-actor Charles Lane lovingly renders a Chaplinesque fable on the forsaken streets of lower Manhattan in this indie classic that premiered at Cannes. Lane plays a street artist attempting to scrape together a living by sketching passersby in Greenwich Village. Finding refuge in abandoned buildings, one wintry night he stumbles upon a little girl (Lane’s real-life daughter) whose father has just been murdered and must find her mother. Without using a single intertitle, Lane’s playful and poignant film is propelled by the music of composer Marc Marder, and the expressive performances of Lane and his costars, seamlessly translating the visual language of a century ago. 

DIRECTED/WRITTEN BY: Charles Lane. WITH: Charles Lane, Nicole Alysia, Tom Alpern, Edie Falco. 1989. 97 min. USA. B&W. Silent. Rated R. DCP. 

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