Cinema: Clean Old Man

BOARDWALK

Directed by Stephen Verona

Screenplay by Stephen Verona and Leigh Chapman

Boardwalk begins as an essay in the quotidian and ends as an exercise in symbolic gesturing of the least realistic sort. It is ineptly done in both modes.

Lee Strasberg is presented as an incredibly clean old man, much beset, yet al ways patient and cheerful. He is a Jew attempting to maintain the manner of life he has practiced for half a century in what has become a "transitional" neighborhood near Coney Island. Business is bad at his cafeteria, because his coreligionists are...

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