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Paradox on 72nd Street

 Meet the Filmmaker: Gene Searchinger
(Represented by Clem D’Alessio)

“Paradox on 72nd Street”

Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Location: NY NATAS: 1375 Broadway (between 37th & 38th) Suite 2103
Wine & Cheese Reception: 6:00 – 6:30 PM ~ Program: 6:30 - 8:00 PM (Q&A to Follow)

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Produced & Moderated by Sumner Jules Glimcher

The brilliant documentary filmmaker, Gene Searchinger has made “Paradox on 72nd Street,” a film examining the paradox in society between man’s need to be an individual and his equal instinct toward conformity. He has used the busy corner of 72nd Street and Broadway in New York City as a metaphor to make his point. In his film, this busy intersection becomes a microcosm of human interaction. Philip Slater (society watcher) and Lewis Thomas, M.D. (biology watcher), discuss the paradoxical nature of man's personality and behavioral patterns--the struggle between individualism and collectivity, independence and dependence. In this anthropological study, systems, and institutions, which provide order and control, are analyzed as well as the unconscious gestures and modes of etiquette, which human beings impose on themselves.

There are shots in this film from the window of Mr. Searchinger’s office, which over-looked the corner that he studied when he made this film. The two experts that Gene depended on for opinions and academic heft are Lewis Thomas, the late great essayist (The Lives of a Cell) and self-styled biology watcher, and Philip Slater the author of The Pursuit of Loneliness and former head of Brandeis University Department of Sociology.


"A remarkable documentary. There is nothing specifically remarkable in Paradox on 72nd Street, yet it is all remarkable." Tom Jory, Associated Press

"If an anthropologist can study one village and then write about a whole culture, why can't we take one block in America as our microcosm? Of course, we all know New York isn't America. But if this isn't America, where is it?"

"It's intellectually provocative, visually excellent, and wonderfully informative." Sidney Morgenbesser, philosopher, Columbia University

Clemente D'Alessio on staff at the Metropolitan Opera as the producer of Live from the Met when Gene Searchinger directed documentary films, which were played on air during the intermissions of live broadcasts. He considers Mr. Searchinger a friend and mentor who has helped to shape his skills as a producer/ director. D’Alessio is a five-time Emmy winner and Founder and President of D’Alessio Media, Inc., a company committed to the international broadcast of the performing arts.


Tue, Dec. 11, 2007
noon - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0400) US/Eastern

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1375 Broadway, Suite 2103
(Between 37th and 38th Streets)