On The Bowery


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, Jan 19, 2014 5:30 PM
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Mon, Jan 20, 2014 8:45 PM
Film Info
Runtime:65 minutes
Country Listing:USA
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Lionel Rogosin
Cinema Extra
Distributed by:Milestone Film & Video


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On The Bowery chronicles three days in the drinking life of Ray Salyer, a part-time railroad worker adrift on New York’s skid row, the Bowery. When the film first opened it 1956, it exploded on the screen, burning away years of Hollywood artifice, jump-starting the post-war American independent scene and earning an Oscar nomination. Recently restored by the Cineteca di Bologna, On The Bowery is simultaneously an incredible document of a bygone era and a vivid and devastating portrait of addiction that resonates today just as it did when it was made.

Screening with

The Perfect Team: The Making Of On The Bowery

D: Michael Rogosin | USA, France, Italy | 2009 | 49 min | STC

The Perfect Team is a fascinating account of the making of On The Bowery, directed by Lionel Rogosin’s son Michael. Featuring recent and archival footage, Michael details the history of the Bowery then and now and focuses on Rogosin’s crew, made-up of remarkable filmmakers who were not always so perfect off the set. Michael also delves into the mystery of Ray Salyer, the star who abruptly disappeared when fame and fortune started knocking on his door and was never heard from again.