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SUBWAY RIDERS
Directed by Amos Poe
Director of Photography & Producer Hannah Heer

USA 1981 color 120 minutes

Cast: Susan Tyrrell, Robbie Coltrane, John Lurie, Amos Poe, Cookie Mueller, Charlene Kaleina, and Bill Rice

 

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"Outstanding Film Of the Year!" -British Film Institute

"A bizarre series of murders have occurred in New York's subways. A sax player practices while above him a call girl grinds her heels into the floor. The junkie Wife of a cop gets high while her husbands works desperately to find the psycho-killer. A writer has a movie to write. If you ride the subways of New York City everyday, you can see them any day or night. Everyday people. Anonymous dangers. Frustration. Obsession."
-Hal Hinson, Carnegie Cinema, April 1981

"No instrument can make a lascivious suggestion better than a saxophone in the hands of a pervert, and SUBWAY RIDERS understands this and many other things about the doomed people whose lives begin when the sun goes down. The story's not the thing--this movie isn't a narrative, it's an environment. You do not analyze this movie. It doesn't matter how the plot turns out. Who cares who did it? SUBWAY RIDERS is a hymn to style. It is not an imitation of old Hollywood B pictures about hoods and dopers. It is a meditation on them. There are eight million stories in the city, and this is one of them." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"SUBWAY RIDERS is an atmospheric feature, which in its stylized fashion accurately captures the feeling of big-city anomie today with a nod to the cine-noir approach of the 1940s. (...) Johanna Heer's neon-lit interiors are quite striking." -Variety

Ein Psycho-Killer, der seine Opfer nachts mit seinem Saxofon-Spiel anlockt; ein verschwitzter, übergewichtiger Cop, der auf den Serien­mörder angesetzt ist; Frauen, die der Drogensucht oder der Prostitution verfallen sind; schließlich ein rettender Engel, wo keine Rettung möglich scheint. Subway Riders, Amos Poes grandioses Großstadt-Epos, erzählt vom Getrieben- und Verloren-Sein in einem übermächtigen, schattenhaften Moloch, in dem existenzielle Doppelungen und inszenatorische Doppelbödigkeiten vorherrschen (so wird der Killer Anthony von John Lurie und Amos Poe gespielt). Die Noir-City New York, sie ist hier dank der exzellenten Kameraarbeit von Hannah Heer in gleißendes Neonlicht und unzählige Nachtschatten getaucht. Inmitten dieser triebhaften, kongenial vertonten Unterwelt fühlen sich die Figuren zutiefst verloren und destinationslos: „Everybody’s riding the subways, waiting for stations“, sagt eine der Frauen, „but when do you get off?“ -Chistian Höller, Filmmuseum, Wien

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