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At Maxwell Street

Veteran Chicago independent Tom Palazzolo is in fine form with this straightforward 1984 documentary on the now-obliterated Maxwell Street market and surrounding neighborhood. The merchants speak of having “inherited” sidewalk spots from their grandparents, or of expecting the family clothing store soon to be swallowed up by the UIC expansion. Palazzolo captures the gritty authenticity of age-lined faces and rubble-strewn alleys; the film will be strongest for those who compare its vanished world with the bland and boring upscale condos that replaced it. Paul Gartski's music is wonderfully unobtrusive, building a rhythm that seems to flow from the images. Also showing is Palazzolo's Tattooed Lady (1968). 54 min.

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