Radiant City

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Released 2006

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Radiant City

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Director:
Jim Brown , Gary Burns
Released:
2006
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In the prosperity following World War II, American cities gave way to suburbs. This intriguing tongue-in-cheek documentary explores the development of suburban life over the last 50 years and the effect that urban sprawl has had on American society. Experts offer commentary on the reasons for the flight to the suburbs, the way of life it engendered and how inhabitants learned to create their own culture from essentially artificial surroundings.

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  • 75

    New York Post V.A. Musetto

    As a one-time suburbanite now living happily in Manhattan, I can attest that Radiant City tells it like it is. The film ends with a surprise that you won't see coming and I won't s...

  • 70

    The New York Times

    The cinematographer Patrick McLaughlin's eerie, sometimes monumental images italicize the experts' statements, making the suburbs seem like an asphalt-and-Sheetrock dreamscape wher...

  • 70

    Variety Ken Eisner

    In the end, helmers have some nifty tricks up their verite sleeves.

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