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64 Ratings

Beat Street

Directed by Stan Lathan
United States, 1984


Upbeat, lets-put-on-a-show, musical about the wonders of rap music tells the story of Kenny, a young hip-hop artist living in the rough slums of the Bronx with his younger brother Lee and their mother Cora.

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Beat Street Directed by Stan Lathan

Critics reviews

Though Beat Street operates in a fairly pat emotional register, there is one sliver of genuine visual poetry: when Ramon’s casket is driven away, the camera tilts up and pans right, simultaneously matching the hearse’s exit from the lower portion of the frame with a graffiti-strewn subway train barreling across an overhead bridge. Where is his spirit, this composition seems to ask: in the hearse, or splayed across the side of the train?
September 26, 2014
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