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Red Shirley

Red Shirley
27:43 | 2010

Categories: Documentary, Shorts, Festivals

Red Shirley, a 99-year-old woman formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this short film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War, and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At nineteen, she immigrated illegally to the U.S., where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part in the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Enhanced by its dark soundtrack, courtesy of Mr. Reed (naturally), and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to-cousin encounter is a fascinating distillation of an individual's unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th-century history.

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Diane Marie
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March 8, 2015
A
To learn about toughness, just watch this.
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February 27, 2015
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February 26, 2015
B
Sobelius
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December 24, 2013
A+
curiosofilms
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November 29, 2013
A
Tamara PM
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November 25, 2013
B+
Gil Bateman
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November 24, 2013
A
debra sparks
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November 18, 2013
A+
She's a living history book.
McKenzie Schwarze
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November 17, 2013
B
rahul kumar
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November 16, 2013
A
Judith Ray
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November 15, 2013
B+
Erick Grau
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November 14, 2013
A
Ann-Marie Everitt
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November 14, 2013
B
Wendy
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November 13, 2013
A
Lynn Herbst
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November 11, 2013
A+
I have absolutely fallen in love with your Aunt Shirley. She is what made this country what it is today. Loved hearing her stories even though at time some of them were quiet sad. But she also showed she had resilience & how she fought through even her hardest days. I also loved her sense of family, loyalty & fairness for all...not just herself. As a woman back then to of stood up to the owners of the company & the Union... with such incredible fortitude, all the while she felt her "stomach churning." What a remarkable women. Would have love to have had the opportunity to sit & had cup of coffee with her & just listened to her stories for as long as she cared to share them with me. I also love the style of filming and how pictures new & old were incorporated into the filming/editing. I felt as if I were in the room with you as you interviewed your aunt. I feel so blessed to have stumbled onto this video...truly a must for all to see. Thank-you for sharing such a wonder gift...& your sweet, dear Aunt Shirley, with me.
Victoria Singer
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November 11, 2013
A+
Sonja Milbourn
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November 9, 2013
D-
garnier
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November 3, 2013
A
Carla
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November 3, 2013
A+
JJ Darrell
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October 31, 2013
A+
Patricia
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October 30, 2013
B+
James Cates
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October 30, 2013
B
I found most of Reed's audible contributions; his direction of the dialogue, to be an interruption of a fascinating flow. At times it was like watching the intrusive Charlie Rose. Still, I enjoyed his cousin's recollections; her wit, her grit, her insights. Well worth watching.
sherry Lifeset
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October 30, 2013
C
Pierre Picard
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October 30, 2013
A+
So much truth and authenticity about the personality of that woman and her view of her time. Lou had a nose for outstanding persons
Begoña
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October 30, 2013
A
Very good documentary
Bob Cowart
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October 30, 2013
B
Beautiful photography. Different angles on this elderly woman, sometimes in sepia tone, sometimes color. Occasionally the camera would wander to family photographs. Lou was very sweet with her and let her do the talking. Fascinating stories about the early labor unions, and her attendance at the March on Washington. Definitely worth a watch.
DegreeZero
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October 30, 2013
A+
Amazing Story! Makes me realize how important it is to live life responsibly. Many people have lived hard and sacrificed much...
Tami Scalise-Halton
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October 29, 2013
A