Subjects: Documentary, Music
RITTENHOUSE SQUARE is Robert Downey's impressionistic, music-filled documentary about a small Philadelphia park--the spot where people go to meet friends, find romance, muse about life and enjoy the beauty of nature and people. Hailed by urban planning guru Jane Jacobs as the embodiment of everything a city park should be with a history that stretches back to the earliest Colonial days, Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square provides the setting for stories that are told through interviews with local residents, celebrities and eccentrics. People adore the Square and go to great lengths to wax poetic about the various unique, intangible qualities that make this public space so magical. An inspired soundtrack including the music of YO YO MA, Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla, orginial compositions from Chris Brubeck and live musical performances (opera,bluegrass,jazz, classical, and ethnic) punctuate the stories of people who have found sanctuary in the heart of a thriving city. Director Robert Downey has crafted a work that's humorous, exhilarating and moving. His interviews yield delightful results and make this tribute to urban spaces a tenderly mature masterpiece. What begins as a year in the life of an American park, soon becomes a reflection on the human condition and seasons of life which transcend this small urban oasis.
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