Vietnam vet John Rubin returns to New York and rents a rundown flat in Greenwhich Village. It is in this flat that he begins to film, ‘Peeping Tom’ style, the people in the apartment across the street.
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The part where De Niro meticulously plots his scheme of "strategically seducing" his "love interest" is brilliant.A zany satire, the film also showcases the Cinéma vérité film culture.Flits seamlessly between De Niro's shenanigans and the documentary on blacks in America.Be Black,Baby!
Would make a nice double feature with DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY or a Peter Watkins movie. I wish De Palma (or De Niro for that matter) still made wild movies like this. A film of its time in the best sense. The hand held camera section of the "Be Black Baby'' play is really amazing.