Hotel Monterey

Hotel Monterey ★★★★★

You don’t have to look hard to find threadbare dinginess in NYC even today, the era of the half-million-dollar studio walkup. But where others see desperation and hopelessness in Akerman’s studies of the city at its scuzzy 1970s low point, I detect a patient, methodical contemplation of the beauty and whimsy in its everyday ugliness. No filmmaker I’m aware of captured the city in quite the same way, and I’m inclined to believe nobody will ever love it more.

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