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Abel Ferrara

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New Rose Hotel | Abel Ferrara

May 13, 2020

For virtually his entire career, Abel Ferrara has seemed to occupy a liminal space in film criticism, not unlike the spaces his characters seem to so often find themselves in — seedy bars, brothels, hotel rooms, all way stations on the road to nowhere. He’s frequently derided by critics as too idiosyncratic for the mainstream, a kind of failed Scorsese or Cassavetes, a crank dabbling in crime films, weirdo genre freakouts, and macho forms of tortured indie realism. Once his…

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