Next Stop, Greenwich Village | Chicago Reader

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

Paul Mazursky's onanistic autobiographical film (1976) seems more like a slavish hommage to Federico Fellini than a genuine reminiscence, borrowing equally from the Great Italian's condescending caricature and slimy sentimentalism. As Larry Lapinsky, a Brooklyn boy come to the Village to learn acting, Lenny Baker spends most of the film fighting off his mother's slobbering oedipal advances. One particular shot of mama (Shelley Winters) displaying her waffled thighs is easily the low point of 1970s American cinema.

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