Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Last New Yorker

above clip from the film's site
Three former KVers and their spouses were at the 2/20/10 showing of this excellent film. After the viewing they had the opportunity to see and hear the director, Harvey Wang and one of the co-stars, Kathleen Chalfant. Those who are knowledgeable of NYC locations were able to spot some KV favorite shopping destinations, Beny's, on Canal and Eldridge and Lismore's on Grand Street. Unfortunately, these stores are gone. Their loss coincides with a central theme of the film.
The film synopsis:

Lifelong friends Lenny Sugarman (Dominic Chianese) and Ruben Liebner (Dick Latessa), both in their 70s, both dyed-in-the-wool New Yorkers, barely recognize the Manhattan of their youth. The city they've loved for decades has become a playground for the too-rich; their places, the ones they've frequented for years, are now refuges from a changing world theyre increasingly unable to keep up with. When Lenny—a lone schemer all his life—finally gets in over his head, he decides to seek the one thing hes never had: true love. But to achieve it, he may have to abandon the only place hes ever known.
THE LAST NEW YORKER is a tale of friendship, love and the worlds greatest city -- and how all three keep us young and make us feel alive. The film also stars Kathleen Chalfant and Josh Hamilton, and a host of renowned New York character actors including Joe Grifasi, Ben Hammer, Sylvia Kauders, and Gerry Vichi. Directed by acclaimed NYC filmmaker, documentarian, and photographer Harvey Wang.

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