Thursday 15th February: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (PG)

USA  –  Documentary, Biography  –  Year: 2016  –  Running time: 92 mins
Languages: English

Journalist and documentarian Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor) turns his attention to legendary writer and urban activist Jane Jacobs and the David-and-Goliath battle she fought over urban planning in New York more than 50 years ago. The historic neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and Little Italy are under threat from divisive and destructive ‘expressways’. Exciting and inspirational, here is a much needed lesson in how the power of the people can overcome the self-serving plans of the rich and powerful.

The movie is scored like a thriller, seemingly building to some terrifying conclusion. And, in a way, it does …
Stephanie Merry (Washington Post)

Directors: Matt Tyrnauer
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Thomas Campanella                             …   Himself
Vincent D’Onofrio                                  …   Robert Moses (voice)
Mindy Fullilove                                      …   Herself
Alexander Garvin                                  …   Himself
Paul Goldberger                                    …   Himself
Steven Johnson                                    …   Himself
(for full cast, and more information, see “Citizen Jane Battle For the City” in IMDB)

Selected UK reviews:

The Guardian (Peter Bradshaw)
Little White Lies (Sophie Wyatt)
Arts Desk (Markie Robson-Scott)

Official trailer: