Saturday, October 1, 2011

See It: Lost Bohemia

A few posts ago, I raved about Bill Cunningham New York. While reviewing my options for the upcoming Vancouver International Film Festival, I couldn't have been more thrilled to discover Lost Bohemia, a tragic yet inspiring documentary about the residents of Carnegie Hall (Cunningham among them) who were evicted from their homes a few years ago. Directed by one of its own, Josef Birdman Astor, the film chronicles the last days of the Carnegie's residents, whose photography, painting, music and dance studios were gutted and replaced by office cubicles. The fact that most of those evicted were in their eighties and nineties and had resided at Carnegie Hall for thirty years or more, takes this atrocity to a level far beyond historical, cultural or architectural injustice. Get yourselves to a theatre to see this film.