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Added by Kenji on 5 Nov 2014 07:20
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Films & Homelessness

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People who added this item 149 Average listal rating (89 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7
The Tramp (1915)
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People who added this item 265 Average listal rating (169 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
A Dog's Life (1918)
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People who added this item 972 Average listal rating (637 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Kid (1921)
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People who added this item 31 Average listal rating (11 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.5
People who added this item 131 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 23 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
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People who added this item 692 Average listal rating (411 ratings) 8.1 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.8
People who added this item 5 Average listal rating (4 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
The Caretaker (1963)
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People who added this item 162 Average listal rating (68 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Pixote (1981)
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People who added this item 194 Average listal rating (91 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
Vagabond (1985)
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People who added this item 104 Average listal rating (55 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 578 Average listal rating (267 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Naked (1993)
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People who added this item 10 Average listal rating (6 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.2
Palms (1994)
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (9 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 92 Average listal rating (51 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 7.8
People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (107 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.8
Bus 174 (2003)
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People who added this item 3302 Average listal rating (2094 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Into the Wild (2007)
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People who added this item 3 Average listal rating (2 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 7
Pa-ra-da (2008)

What a frustrating list to do! I'm trying to add the landmark 60s TV programme Cathy Come Home (Wednesday Play) which had a powerful impact in Britain. The recent admired French film May they Rest in Revolt, and Zhao Dayong's Street Life- among others- do not appear to be on imdb, never mind listal! Still, there are plenty of fine films here.

The well-known image of Chaplin in his 1915 Tramp film is among the most iconic in cinema history. His tramp persona was tremendously popular worldwide. Japanese director Ozu showed social commitment towards poorer society in the 30s: An Inn in Tokyo may be considered early neo-realism. The Moldovan film Palms gives an almost saint-like status to homeless people, while it shouldn't be forgotten that Christ (The Gospel according to St Matthew is a superb film) was a homeless wanderer.

Here is a more comprehensive list: mubi.com/lists/homelessness?utm_campaign=commented_on_list&utm_source=social_notification&utm_medium=email

An important social issue, and increasing problem in many countries. Hollywood and most mainstream directors have little interest in such matters. Ditto many film critics, politicians and the mainstream media. In UK the news channels avoid the issue like the plague. Here homeless people can't vote, and are widely regarded as worthless blots on the landscape, and worse, subject to attacks. Some suffer from mental health problems and/or live a desperate existence, need help not apathy or hostility.

There was an excellent TV programme some years ago in which 5 men from the Pacific island of Tanna visited UK, staying with 3 very different families. They were shocked to find destitute people on the streets being ignored. In some countries street kids are or have been exterminated.

Suggestions welcome.

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