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Style Wars

Style Wars
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7.8
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Original title
Style Wars: The Origin of Hip Hop
Year
1983
Running Time
69 min.
Country
 United States
Director
Henry Chalfant, Tony Silver
Screenwriter
Henry Chalfant, Tony Silver
Music
The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Rammellzee, Trouble Funk, Fearless Four
Cinematography
Burleigh Wartes
Cast
Documentary
Production Co.
Public Art Films
Genre
Documentary | Hip Hop. Music Documentary. Painting. Trains
Synopsis / Plot
Style Wars is an early documentary on hip hop culture, made by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, made in New York City in 1983. The film has an emphasis on graffiti, although breakdancing and rapping are covered to a lesser extent. The film was originally aired on PBS television in 1983, and was subsequently shown in several film festivals to much acclaim, including the Vancouver Film Festival.

Style Wars shows both the young artists struggling to express themselves through their art, and their points of view on the subject of graffiti, as well as the views of then New York City Mayor Ed Koch, one-armed graffiti writer Case/Kase 2, graffiti writer Skeme and his mother, graffiti "villain" Cap, now deceased graffiti writer Dondi, Seen and Shy 147, graffiti documentarian (and director of the film) Henry Chalfant, breakdancer Crazy Legs of Rock Steady Crew, police officers, art critics, subway maintenance workers, as well as several "people on the street".

Style Wars gives a remarkable view into the graffiti subculture (as well as urban New York City life in the 1980s), documents the embryonic stages of New York City Hip Hop, and shows that its members were a racially and ethnically diverse group of creative young artists.
Awards
1984: Sundance Film Festival: Best Documentary
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