A Week In Film #277: Number Two

NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell title screen
NY77: The Coolest Year In Hell
Excellent and enjoyable documentary about New York City at a time when hip hop, disco and punk were all emerging, as well as political battles, riots, blackouts, a heatwave and slum clearances. Fascinating, well-assembled, very watchable.
 Superfly: The True Untold Story Of Frank Lucas title screen
Superfly: The True Untold Story Of Frank Lucas
Documentary about the life, career and fall of Harlem heroin kingpin, who previously was celebrated in the biopic American Gangster. Here it’s a lot more downbeat, with powerful interviews with people who used to be in the game with him.

Mr Untouchable: The Nicky Barnes Story title screen
Mr Untouchable: The Nicky Barnes Story
Documentary about the life, career and fall of another Harlem heroin kingpin, who this time turned super grass. Flashier and less willing to challenge accounts than Superfly, it’s still a fascinating topic.

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