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Stations of the Elevated

USA, 1980 (MIFF 1981, American Documentaries of the City)

Director: Manny Kirchheimer

New York s elevated trains are splattered with graffiti Messages like Earth is Hell", "Slave" and "Crime" reflect the lives of their young authors, the life of the poor — hopelessness prisons and neglect Graffiti trains hurtle through squalid neighborhoods and mysterious countrysides, passing landscapes filled with the debris of a decaying civilisation. Riding with them through America we begin to contemplate our own archaeological remains.

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