Betzy Bromberg

Ciao Bella (1978) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Ethnic / Multicultural

A personal film about love and mortality. "[Ciao Bella] shows a world of crowded, kinetic New York streets and hauntingly empty interior spaces, graced briefly by wisps of childish energy and the provocation of nearly naked women. Bromberg deftly contrasts that vibrant exuberance with a sense of devastating loss and the effect is at once brazenly personal (if elliptical) and incredibly powerful. Unfolding desire merges with the ever-present reality of the threat of losing what you love." . - Holly Willis, LA Weekly "CIAO BELLA is a summer-in-the-city travelogue that mixes verite of Lower East Side Bikers, Times Square topless dancers, and Coney Island crowds to achieve a highly charged atmosphere of manic exhibitionism and sexual raunch." - J. Hoberman, Artforum

16mm Rental: $55.00

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