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Carmine Street Guitars (2019)



Critic Consensus: Whether you're a guitar lover, a student of New York City history, or simply interested in celebrating a deep commitment to craft, Carmine Street Guitars strikes a chord.

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Once the centre of the New York bohemia, Greenwich Village is now home to lux restaurants, and buzzer door clothing stores catering to the nouveau riche. But one shop in the heart of the Village remains resilient to the encroaching gentrification: Carmine Street Guitars. There, custom guitar maker Rick Kelly and his young apprentice Cindy Hulej, build handcrafted guitars out of reclaimed wood from old hotels, bars, churches and other local buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Rick Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Jim Jarmusch, just to name a few. Featuring a cast of prominent musicians and artists, the film captures five days in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13)

Kelly might be a dying breed, but this feels like a lasting tribute.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

If a film had a smell, this one would be of sawdust, varnish and pure love.

June 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Experiencing this documentary without encountering any advance hype is like stumbling into the cozy Greenwich Village shop of the title: it's a ride down the rabbit hole to a world of unexpected and singular pleasures.

March 13, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] leisurely Sunday stroll of a documentary about the cozy Greenwich Village mainstay in New York City that has served as a sanctuary for musicians.

May 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Carmine Street Guitars is an affectionate, somewhat elegiac glimpse into a master and a craft that, like so much of the surrounding neighborhood, is steadily being corporately gentrified.

May 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The subject is so interesting, and the music played by these people is so gorgeous.

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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