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Lefty: Memories of a Dead One in Brooklyn (1978) 70′s NYC Gang Documentary | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe
A German film crew for station NDR picked the perfect time to visit New York City for their street gang documentary, LEFTY - ERINNERUNG AN EINEN TOTEN IN BROOKLYN, as the area sweltered through a brutal summer heatwave and the infamous 1977 blackout. For five weeks, director Max H. Rehbein and his crew actually lived in the basement of a Brooklyn house owned by the parents of 'Brother Lou' , the leader of 'The Sex Boys' (named after the street they hung out on, Essex -- after dropping the first two letters), filming many of that gang's most private moments and digging even deeper than the aforementioned ABC special. Unfortunately, the print's narration is in unsubtitled German, but their footage alone makes this an astonishing, 88-minute artifact... 'Lefty' is the latest 'Sex Boys' casualty, first glimpsed in the Kings County morgue after being stabbed to death near Greenpoint's McCarren Pool. Tempers within the gang are running hot, with Lou trying to keep his soldiers under