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Next Stop, Greenwich Village

by Greg Vellante
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Thursday Jun 14, 2018
Next Stop, Greenwich Village

"Next Stop, Greenwich Village" is a film about navigating through the big, scary world of adulthood, told through the eyes of a fascinating (and occasionally insufferable) dreamer named Larry Lapinsky (Lenny Baker). This 1976 film by Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice") covers a lot of territory - artistic pursuits, money struggles, suicidal tendencies - and grounds these concepts completely in a cinematic reality that feels rich with detail both in setting and character.

Like its titular location, the film is eccentric and grandiose, portraying the ostentatious, bohemian lives of its subjects with an eye that never once judges their juvenile explorations into what life has to offer. The eclectic cast of characters includes fresh-faced performances from actors like Lois Smith, Christopher Walken, and Jeff Goldblum (there's even a blink-and-you-missed-it cameo by a young, at-the-time unknown Bill Murray). The centerpiece of the film's acting lineup is an incredible performance by Shelley Winters as Larry's overbearing and neurotic Jewish mother.

There's something special in how Mazursky zeroes in on the dichotomy of people in their early 20s who want to grow up and explore the world, yet have no idea how to do so without plunging headfirst into a fear-inducing, unknown environment. And yet, the fear is buried deep and replaced by bravado, alcohol and parties. Despite taking place in the early 1950s and made in the mid 70s, the film taps into elements of post-college youth in ways that are ultimately universal.

New to Twilight Time Movies on an excellent, limited edition Blu-ray release, this film is certainly worth the buy. Bonus features on the release include:

• Isolated Music Track
• Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Paul Mazursky and Actress Ellen Greene
• Original Theatrical Trailer

"Next Stop, Greenwich Village"
Twilight Time Movies Limited Edition Blu-ray


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