Superfluous people

United States, 1962

Film
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A grim and unremitting survey of New York citizens exiled at the margins of capitalist society including the elderly displaced by new housing construction; a woman on relief whose husband was recently released from a mental institution; and those who live in the slums of New York. A document of its time, the film describes the challenge confronting the progressive social aspirations of the Kennedy era. Tough, touching and uncompromising, this is a fascinating documentary with some acute insights into contemporary civilisation.

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Credits

production company

WCBS-TV

producer/director

Warren Wallace

Duration

00:58:13:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1962

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

014322

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → New York (N.Y.)

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Children - Social conditions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Cities and towns - Growth - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Housing - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Minorities - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social conflict

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social groups

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social isolation

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social problems

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social sciences

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social structure - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social values

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social workers

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → United States - Social conditions

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Alienation (Social psychology)

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Social isolation

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Alienation (Social psychology)

Places → New York (N.Y.)

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Black and White

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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