Through their view of the city on the Hudson, the big names of the American author's movie have shaped the picture of New York that generations of viewers worldwide hold stored in their memories. Their stories, however, have also become a true school of urban sensibility. In their films, the anonymity of the big city is not a threat but a promise of good fortune – the prospect of random encounters, the possibility of alternative life-paths.
New Jack City
D: Mario Van Peebles, USA 1991, 97 min, Germansubtitles
The directorial debut of actor Mario Van Peebles is a tough action-thriller. Nino Brown and his gang, the Cash Money Brothers, rule New York's drug market at the peak of the crack epidemic. An exciting contribution to "black cinema".
Supporting film: Untold Legacy
D: Leslie K. Brown, USA 2005, 13 min, documentary, OV