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Scenes From Occupy Wall Street’s May Day Celebration

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Posted on May 2, 2012
Ryan Devereaux

Protesters march down Broadway in Manhattan during Tuesday’s May Day demonstrations.

The New York Times may not have seen fit to give Occupy Wall Street’s May Day protest—a daylong, citywide event involving thousands of people—the front page prominence it deserves. But The Guardian did. Ryan Devereaux in New York City reports below.

The Atlantic Wire, Gothamist and The Daily Beast had substantial coverage as well.

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Ryan Devereaux at The Guardian:

Thousands of people turned out in New York for a day of action that culminated in a confident march down Broadway in the evening sunshine towards Wall Street, the crucible of the protest that began last year with an angry backlash against banking excess.

The stated aim of bringing business in the commercial capital of the US to a standstill went unfulfilled, but as rain gave way to a bright spring afternoon, traffic ground to a halt in lower Manhatttan as the Occupy movement’s most anticipated day of action in months took hold.

There were some clashes with police as officers clamped down on perceived violations, and the NYPD said they had made 30 arrests by the early evening. There were also flashpoints at protests in other cities.

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By americanme, May 4, 2012 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

The problem, gerard, is that ole heterochromatic learned nothing from his time spent in front of the movie screen.

“Quirky dialog” my ass.  Sounds like something somebody is selling on eBay.

Some pretty good offbeat dialog in Baby Doll—probably because Tennessee Williams wrote it.  But it still isn’t as funny as To Be Or Not To Be.  Carol Baker just wasn’t Carole Lombard.

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By heterochromatic, May 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

touche gerard—- as you’ve probably been around since the advent of
talkies….have you some nominations for best dialog?

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By gerard, May 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

“,... pundits wonder if the movement still has legs ...” while the movement wonders if the pundits still have brains… and by the way ... speaking of “quirky dialog” or “the best dialog” or in fact any dialog at all ... who would have guessed?

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By heterochromatic, May 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm Link to this comment

Portiis quirky dialog and the characters made for superior source material….and of
course you’ll be tickled pink to know that one of the kids form our block was cast
as an Native in that final scene.

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment

Actually, I think the novel was crummy source material—and probably 50% of why the film was not up to snuff.

They should have used one of Cormac McCarthy’s novels from his border trilogy.  Blood Meridian would have been good—lots of scalping of Indians and Mexicans going down in that one—for the bounty money.

But probably they wouldn’t be able to make it, since it shows the whites as the Bad Guys.

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By heterochromatic, May 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

I saw no need to remake the movie, but their version might have been motivated
by a desire to see something more faithful to a little gem of a novel…

(and Jarmusch grabbed me with Paradise and hooked me with Down By Law.)

good on you again.

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 5:26 pm Link to this comment

I think you may well put me off the Coens—which leaves only one director worth watching from the US:  Jarmusch.

In all fairness, the Coens put me off the Coens with their True Grit “remake”.  Boring to see Jeff Bridge recycling his burnt-out boozer role from the loathesomely limp Crazy Heart.  And Brolin was criminally underutilized—especially after his bang-up performance in No Country for Old Men.

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By heterochromatic, May 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm Link to this comment

you might be right about Lebowski….. and I’m glad that you mentioned it, but I’m
quite fond of the complexity of the dialog in Miller’s Xing, particularly the
interaction all that is said and not said in the scenes with Regan and Bernie/Verna

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 11:52 am Link to this comment

PS:  I am glad you are not writing film cricism.

The best dialog in a Coen film was in The Big Lebowski.

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By americanme, May 3, 2012 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Ah, the fictional nephew rears his head again.

In the South Bronx, where a certain mendacious mudslinger claims to have grown up, the dominantly non-white OWS folks began their campaign with the acknowledgment that everything they had to offer was gratefully taken from the EZLN in Mexico.

No white would EVER admit that something he’s actively promoting was taken from indigenous people—unless he’s a plastic shaman claiming to challenge Crazy Horse or somebody—for big bucks.

Your vision is so excrementally bogus.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

I saw I love it and there have been movies with good dialog after it.

Sunset Boulavard comes to mind

Some Like It Hot
True Grit
Miller’s Crossing
Barton Fink
weren’t bad

OWS in NYC is overwhelmingly white, chica, and my nephew harps on that point
by way of denigrating OWS.

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

PS: I am a film critic as well as a film historian and I never saw a movie in English with dialog that smart.

Usually in the Hollywood churros it’s all:  Bim bam boom, kill kill kill whites are the best fuckers on earth!

Don’t make me laugh, pathetic no-neck—go see Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be, with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard—the last US film with smart dialog.

“What he’s doing to Shakespeare we are doing now to Poland.”

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

I don’t see many white people.

They must have all stayed home to masturbate to fantasies of great wealth and aphrodisiacal power.

Nobody else saw many white people, either.  In today’s paper La Jornada there were a number of comments about the lack of white faces out there and the minorities carrying the ball posted by the NYC correspondent.

Chickenshit psychotics.

Wait till you’re on The Road.

If you even make it that far.

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By adam hyman, May 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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No, the NY Times didn’t put any coverage on the front page! I was quite shocked-
it happened, after all, in New York!!!
I bet the demos outside of the NY Times building had something to do with it…

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment

so fucked-up that it drove the fool to blindness…

“I don’t see white people”

and paraphrasing cheesy movie dialog.

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By americanme, May 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment

I don’t see many white people.

Too busy masturbating on truthdig, no doubt, and gave it a pass.

You limpwits still believe that by being white that the skies will open at the last minute and you will land on the Forbes list of billionaires.

Fantasies like that will not even get you across town to the food bank.

I find it ironic that for at least 500 years whites have been the biggest threat to survival of our species on the planet—and they are now the least-equipped for survival.

Darwin may have been right after all.

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By scallywag, May 2, 2012 at 2:46 pm Link to this comment
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Who knows perhaps at the end of the day, most people who may have have cared about the protests will have been put off by the reality that ‘reality can be a pretty crooked and bleak one,’ or to put it another way, as long they’re somehow managing to eke out their ‘version of sunshine there really isn’t too much pay off to make too much noise.

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By heterochromatic, May 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

I’m glad that there was some significant turnout for the march but it seems that it
was mostly from the Unions and not really OWS.

NYC didn’t see any people refusing to go to work of school or thinking that they
were part of some General Strike.

Seattle seems to have had a different sort of day.

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