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Smithereens (1982), directed by Susan Seidelman (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Smithereens, directed by Susan Seidelman; No. 84 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

New York movies: Smithereens (1982)

The poverty chic of the early-’80s Lower East Side is romanticized these days, but Susan Seidelman’s drama drops its art-world-wanna-be heroine into an LES full of self-centered dilettantes, obnoxious opportunists and predatory perverts. It’s a snapshot of an era that doubles as its own epitaph, one that smashes hipster nostalgia into shards.—David Fear

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