Style Wars

Rated NR 70 minutes 1983

Calisthenic breakdancing and big, bold graffiti art were in top form and popularity in the U.S. in the early and mid-'80s, and this documentary extols the spirit and the talents of a variety of New York youngsters who were expert in either one or both of these challenging pastimes. Public reactions are wildly varied. On the one hand, the youth brave a police crackdown on graffiti and face barbed-wire fences and guard dogs in the railroad yards where they spray paint subway cars with oversized lettering. On the other hand, their art is shown in a municipal gallery and analyzed with the same seriousness as a Rembrandt or a Renoir. Whether viewers judge the graffiti an eyesore or a bit of post-modern expressionism, it is true that both the art and the dancing are incisively presented in this hour-long exploration.~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Henry Chalfont & Tony Silver

Cast: Cey Adams, Cap, Daze, Dondi, Frosty Freeze and Kase 2

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