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Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground


HBO held a contest for people to send in stories of their true experiences on the New York subways, and these 10 vignettes are the result. Each has a different director, the best known being Jonathan Demme and Abel Ferrara. I’m not sure I believe all of them; some sound suspiciously made-up. But most of them ring true, in that they are not neat, they don’t tie up as most stories do, they are simply things that happened that made an impression on someone. Some are funny, some are disturbing, and a few are sweet.