Urban Peasants

“One day-saying, 'can you make copies of these?'-(my wife's aunt Stella) pulled out a frozen stack of 16mm black-and-white film! Home movies, of course. . . . I chose not to follow the carefully penned chronology, but instead connected uncut one-hundred-foot rolls picked at random. . . . I chose to confine events to Brooklyn of the thirties and forties (when, as you know, a quarter-spin of the globe away, similar innocents were having hell visited upon them). Images alternate with ‘Situation number 3: When You Go to a Hotel' and ‘Situation number 8: When You Are in Trouble,' in their entireties, from the instructional LP Instant Yiddish.”

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