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Plot: An aspiring Jewish actor moves out of his parents' Brooklyn apartment to seek his fortune in the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in 1953. He struggles to come to terms with his feelings about his mother's overbearing nature, while also trying to maintain his relationship with his girlfriend. Runtime: 111 min Release Date: 04 Feb 1976
Will someone give props to this movie?! (by steve_jacobs)
I felt like this is what life must truly have been like in the Village in '53. Everything was in order. I was transported. Special kudos go out to Antonio Fargas, who plays a gay man in a tremendously ballsy portrayal considering his Starsky and Hutch days. Also, to the great chemistry of the cast.It was sad to see Lenny Baker passed away at such a young age. He was definitely in the Hoffman, Pacino, but funnier mold. He should be remembered.
A movie of laughter and tears (by Petey-10)
This movie is set to 1953 in Greenwich Village, New York.It's a place that's ahead of it's time.There's more tolerance than elsewhere and the 50's doesn't seem like the 50's.Paul Mazursky's Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 shows us the most interesting characters.Larry Lapinsky is a young Jewish actor wanna-be.He's played by the very talented Lenny Baker, who died way too young.His over-protective mother Fay is played by the legendary Shelley Winters and father Ben by Mike Kellin.Larry's girlfriend Sarah is played by Ellen Greene.Young Christopher <more>
Walken is Robert and young Jeff Goldblum is Clyde Baxter.Also young Bill Murray can be seen there.Antonio Fargas gives out an amazing performance as Bernstein, an African-American gay who pretends to be a Jew. This movie is very much underrated.I don't see why.It is often very funny, like in the scene where Larry gives an Oscar speech in the street.It's partly also very sad, like when one of the friends has committed suicide and Bernstein becomes very depressed.So this is a movie that may make you laugh and cry.The comedy can in some parts be pretty tragical like in the Chaplin movies.You can laugh with tears in your eyes while watching this movie.
The most poignant film of this century (by jappyhew)
As the founder of an Arts and Entertainment magazine, writer and film-buff, I can safely say that "Next Stop, Greenwich Village." is the most poignant film of the century. The wrier/director, Paul Mazursky, brilliantly displayed his experience of a rising star from 'Greenwich Village.' For his mastery of a vast diversity of human-kind, I applaud him and am shocked that it received such a low rating on this pole. Without any tribulations, I do not hold back that I voted a 10- excellent for the film. Never before had I witnessed such a fine group of rising stars in one film. <more>
Lenny Baker, Jeff Goldbloom- even Bill Murray shared the stage. But clearly old time favorites such as the Golden Globe winner for best supporting actress in this film, Shelley Winters and a personal love, Lou Jacobi, held the most memorable scenes. If every movie was like "Next Stop, Greenwich Village", we would have no reason to live outside of the movie theater.
I'm with the room, this film has been sadly overlooked as it was at the time of it's release even Mazursky champion Pauline Kael was Luke warm and deserves to be seen. I think this sort of autobiographical film had sort of been overdone, so Mazurky's film was lumped in as "one of those." What was missed, I think, was his unsentimental, adult perspective on the time and place, on what it meant to be young and bright. He gives us something of what the beak nick world might have been like, unlike the silly portrayals done AT THE TIME.Lenny Baker, in his only major lead, <more>
is excellent along with the entire cast. Christopher Walken makes an impression without the hamming that would later endear him to so many.
Slice-of-life piece about a young Jewish man, Larry Lapinsky Lenny Baker , with designs on being an actor, struggling not only to make ends meet so he can carry out his profession and grow as an actor through a studio teacher, but also overcoming the domineering presence of his overbearing, at-times maniacal mother "She invented the Oedipus complex" says Larry Fay Shelley Winters, outstanding as always . The setting is Greenwich village in the 50's amongst the art crowd where Larry becomes immersed in the lifestyle. We see how his life changes as Larry becomes good friends with <more>
several various people a young Chris Walken as a poetic Lothario who enjoys bedding all kinds of women;Lois Smith as a suicidal painter;Ellen Green as Larry's love-interest Sarah;Antonio Fargas as a gay wannabe actor whose whole life is one big lie .It's a breath of fresh air, this movie, and a break from the doldrums of typical Hollywood cinema. This is the kind of film that allows actors to spread their wings and create vivid, realistic characters. The film feels so fresh and authentic. You really are a vital part of these people's lives and dreams thanks to Mazursky's intelligent portrait. You can really see how much Mazursky loves New York City specifically Brooklyn and Greenwich Village and these people that live there.Jeff Goldblum has a very funny role as a smart-mouthed struggling actor whose loud-mouth is like a leaky faucet which can not shut itself off.
I finally made time to see this movie, about 9 years after I told myself I would see it. This is a fine example of a movie that explores those feelings we have of failure, depression, angst, courage, hope, and contentment. I felt Paul Mazursky was spot on in capturing the feelings and scenery of what New York was like in the 1950's. Sure, I felt there was a little self-indulgence, ie. Larry Lapinsky's "award speech scene." This did not take away from experiencing the cast's emotional struggles to live love and succeed in Greenwich Village.Lessons they learned then are <more>
still highly applicable today. Lenny Baker, as Larry Lapinsky, was brilliant. He seems to be able to relate to his dad more than his mom, Faye Shelley Winters , who effortlessly works to cause him guilt and high-blood pressure in her quest to be a loving mother. Personally I love the scenes where his parents show up at his apartment party and he is annoyed, and also later where he and his father remain silent while his mom flies off the handle in his apartment, Larry's face with a slight smile as if to be just taking in all of the emotions of the thing: anger, frustration, and comedy.The cast of aspiring artists and progressive thinkers beginning with Lenny Baker is awesome. Christopher Walken as Robert is very hip, suave, and smart. Do not think for a moment though that he steals the show. Dori Brenner as Connie, and Ellen Greene as Sara Larry's girlfriend are poised, beautiful, and compelling. They really convey what it is like to be young, in love, aspiring, poor, confused, depressed, and brave. See this movie.
A FILM TRIBUTE TO A VERY SPECIAL PLACE AND TIME (by sataft-2)
During June of 1954 in New York City, I graduated junior high school and, to celebrate the event, joined three of my classmates on a forbidden sojourn to the city's famous Greenwich Village. Exiting the subway station at Christopher street, we were amazed at the apparent ordinariness of this place we'd heard so much about from older adolescents and adults. In fact, at first glance, nothing extraordinary seemed to be happening there, with the sole exception of more White people being present than four Black teenagers from Harlem were were accustomed to seeing. For you see, this was the <more>
mid 1950's, Dr. Martin Luthor King Jr. had as yet to lead any freedom marches, Southern schools were as yet to be integrated, and in many Southern states Black people were lynched on Saturday nights as town entertainment. But three hours later, we knew that everything we'd heard about Greenwich Village was true and more. For this was a place far ahead of it's time.In the Greenwich Village of the 1950's, racial integration had been in place for well over two decades. But far more important, forbidden talk of sexual liberation, interracial sex, homosexuality, along with political, artistic and literary freedom at all levels were openly discussed, flouted and displayed for all to see; performed to a background mixture of new age Jazz, early Rock and Roll and Folk Music. Virtually nothing was excluded from the social or musical menu this incredible place had to offer. I can't speak for the rest of my friends on that day, but I immediately fell in love with the place and remained so, until it's untimely demise at the hands of the high rise-high priced real estate industry toward the mid 1970's. By then, the people who had made the place justifiably famous and notorious for what it was, could no longer afford to live there. So the Village remained,in name only, as it is today: a mere shadow of what it used to be.Joyfully, director Paul Mazursky has managed to capture on film, a moving snapshot of the social life and time of a remarkable neighborhood, in what was probably the last fifteen to twenty years of it's legitimate life. And I do remember it so well. The rent parties for starving sometimes talented artists, the ubiquitous book shops, the coffee houses featuring impromptu poetry readings, the fashion statements or blatant lack thereof , the mixing and making of all sorts of colorful characters who, even in their farcical attempts to parody themselves, were more alive and real then those who would put them down. This was the Greenwich Village of the 1950's and of legend.This magical place was for me and many others as was for the director who produced this film as an ode to his time there , our first real awakening and taste of adult life. And far more important, a fortuitous preparation for the new social order that was, in time, to come.The place, as it was, is truly deserving of this wonderful little gem of a film.
Admittedly I come to this film with a deep prejudice. Though it's set in 1953, it was released in 1976, the same year I moved to Greenwich Village. In fact, much of the movie looks to have been filmed about two blocks west of where I lived for 30 years.For a young person moving to Greenwich Village, there's something timeless about the experience, as this film shows. Directed by Paul Mazursky, the film stars Lenny Baker, Shelley Winters, Ellen Greene, Christopher Walken, Lois Smith, and Dori Brenner. Baker is an aspiring young actor named Larry Lapinsky, who leaves his parents' <more>
apartment and his sobbing mother Winters to take a place in the Village. There, he gets a day job, a girlfriend Greene , a group of bizarre friends, and starts acting class. He uses a liquor bottle he finds at the subway as an Oscar and thanks the Academy while he waits for a train; he does impressions of Brando for a cop; he does a scene from Golden Boy for class. Mazursky has left nothing out, not the overblown egomaniacal young actor Jeff Goldblum whom Larry meets at an audition, the bipolar young woman Smith , the gay friend Antonio Fargas , the poser who's a chick magnet Walken , and everybody's friend destined to be unlucky in love Brenner . It's a madcap, free, painful, and sobering existence.Baker is wonderful as Larry, anxious to get out and live. He's very likable. Shelley Winters is a riot as the Jussi Bjorling-loving Faye Lapinsky, who keeps dropping in and bringing food while she and her husband are in the neighborhood. At one point, she is so convincing telling Sarah Greene that she doesn't care if Sarah has been having sex with Larry, that Sarah admits to it, thus driving Faye into such a state that Sarah claims she lied. Lois Smith is very effective as the neurotic Anita. Dori Brenner does a great job as the caring friend, and Christopher Walken strikes the right balance as the enigmatic, distant Robert.Highly recommended, and if you've ever lived in Greenwich Village, or tried to be an actor in New York, don't miss it.What makes the film is the New York energy and the locations - many of which still exist, Village Cigars, Smiler's, the lamp store, Julius' bar, the whole Christopher Street area.
Very nice little slice of 1950's life (by Woodyanders)
New York City, 1953. Eager and ambitious aspiring actor Larry Lapinsky a fine and likable performance by Lenny Baker moves out of his parents' Brooklyn apartment and goes to Greenwich Village in search of fame and success while coming to terms with his overbearing mother Faye a suitably hysterical, but still moving portrayal by Shelley Winters .Writer/director Paul Mazursky relates the engrossing story at a steady pace, offers an engaging blend of sharp humor and poignant drama, and presents a flavorsome evocation of 1950's New York that astutely captures both the sexually <more>
permissive mores and the vibrant artistic bohemian nature of Greenwich Village at that particular point in time. Moreover, Mazursky brings a winning surplus of real heart and warmth to the semi-autobiographical plot as well as populates the picture with vividly drawn characters who are quite affecting and believable in all their flaws and quirks. The fine acting from a tip-top cast keeps this film humming: Ellen Greene as Larry's liberated, yet apprehensive girlfriend Sarah Roth, Lois Smith as suicidal depressive Anita Cunningham, Christopher Walken as suave womanizing dandy Robert Fulmer, Dori Brenner as the sarcastic Connie, Antonio Fargas as flamboyant homosexual Bernstein Chandler, Mike Kellin as Larry's meek father Ben, and Lou Jacobi as hearty deli owner Herb. Popping up in funny bits are Joe Spinell as a surly cop and Jeff Goldblum as pretentious wannabe thespian Clyde Baxter. Arthur J. Ornitz's crisp cinematography provides a pleasant bright look. Bill Conti's jaunty'n'jazzy score does the tuneful trick. A sweet little sleeper.