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* SuddenlyVoiced: The pretty woman tracks the artist down, finding him in a gathering of homeless people in a park. Suddenly, pretty much out of nowhere and about a minute before the movie ends, the voices of all the homeless people can be heard, some of them begging passers-by for change, some of them mentally ill and raving.

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* SuddenlyVoiced: SuddenlySpeaking: The pretty woman tracks the artist down, finding him in a gathering of homeless people in a park. Suddenly, pretty much out of nowhere and about a minute before the movie ends, the voices of all the homeless people can be heard, some of them begging passers-by for change, some of them mentally ill and raving.

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* PoliceLineup: A darkly comic version of one. When the artist is pictured getting arrested for the father's murder, he imagines hiimself in a police lineup--sandwiched between two white men in three-piece suits, while he is wearing an InstitutionalApparel striped convict outfit.

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* PoliceLineup: A darkly comic version of one. When the artist is pictured getting arrested for the father's murder, he imagines hiimself himself in a police lineup--sandwiched between two white men in three-piece suits, while he is wearing an InstitutionalApparel striped convict outfit.



* {{Retreaux}}: A black-and-white silent film made in 1989. Yup.

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* {{Retreaux}}: {{Retraux}}: A black-and-white silent film made in 1989. Yup.


* ConflictBall: The hoods who murdered the little girl's father show up again towards the end of the movie and kidnap the child. It is not clear why this happens.



* VillainBall: The hoods who murdered the little girl's father show up again towards the end of the movie and kidnap the child. It is not clear why this happens.

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''Sidewalk Stories'' is a 1989 independent film written, directed by, and starring Charles Lane.

It is a black-and-white silent movie, set amongst the poverty and homelessness of Greenwich Village. Lane plays a sidewalk artist barely avoiding starvation by drawing pictures of passers-by, including an attractive young woman (Sandye Wilson) who is drawn to him. He lives in the basement of an abandoned, condemned church. One night the artist's life is disrupted when he sees a man murdered in an alley. The robbers run away, leaving behind the man's toddler child, still in her stroller. The artist somewhat reluctantly takes responsiblity for the abandoned girl, and they bond.

If any of this sounds familiar, it's because this film is basically a remake of Creator/CharlieChaplin's silent classic ''[[Film/TheKid1921 The Kid]]''. Compare ''Film/TheArtist'', a 2011 silent film with a similar {{Retreaux}} style.

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* AsideGlance: Two.
** When the artist finds out that the attractive woman doesn't just live in the clothing store, she owns it, he shoots the camera a look of astonishment.
** When the woman holds back the man's coat as he's leaving, and suggests that she stay the night, he actually steps out of the scene and towards the camera, which he gives a meaningful stare. An imagined sex scene follows.
* BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon: The artist actually ''pulls the knife out of the father's back''. Nothing actually comes of this, although the artist at least is paranoid for a while about getting arrested. This may also explain why he doesn't turn the little girl over to the police.
* TheBigRottenApple: A rather grim portrait of life among the homeless in New York.
* TheBully: A much, much larger artist that sets up shop right next to the protagonist and tries to scare him off the corner.
* ConscienceMakesYouGoBack: After wheeling the little girl's stroller out of the alley following the murder, the artist leaves the stroller on the sidewalk and walks away. He pauses, then comes back and gets her.
* DistractedByTheSexy: The rival, bully artist mistakes the attractive woman's flirtatious glances as being for him. When his back is turned to stare at her, the artist sets fire to his easel.
* EpicTrackingShot: A shot early in the film establishes the setting, panning down a Greenwich Village street where various street peformers and hustlers hang out, ending with the artist at the end of the sidewalk.
* FaceOnAMilkCarton: How the artist finally finds out where the little girl comes from. She spots her own face on a milk carton.
* {{Fanservice}}: Did the movie really need to give the attractive woman a topless scene wherein the man's imagining them having sex? No, not really.
* ImagineSpot: Two.
** When the artist finally realizes how dumb it was to pick up the murder knife, he imagines himself put in prison.
** When the attractive woman invites the artist and the little girl to stay the night, he then imagines a raucous sex scene, before politely declining.
* JumpCut: Used for edits a couple of times, making for mildly startling moments, like when a shot of the man futzing with his curtain suddenly cuts to the man sitting down on his blankets.
* MaybeEverAfter: The artist finally leaves the attractive woman's fancy apartment, but not before they share a long kiss. She loses track of him, eventually finding him sitting around in a crowd of New York homeless. She gives him a sandwich. The film ends.
* NamelessNarrative: As was very common for films from silent movie days. The little girl's name is eventually revealed towards the end when she sees her own picture on a milk carton. Other than that, no names.
* PoliceLineup: A darkly comic version of one. When the artist is pictured getting arrested for the father's murder, he imagines hiimself in a police lineup--sandwiched between two white men in three-piece suits, while he is wearing an InstitutionalApparel striped convict outfit.
* TheRemake: The film borrows the premise of ''The Kid'' as well as some setpieces, like the child's guardian charging in pursuit of people that try to take the kid away.
* {{Retreaux}}: A black-and-white silent film made in 1989. Yup.
* ShellGame: A three-card monte dealer is one of the hustlers on the artist's block. He deprives the little girl's father of some cash.
* SilenceIsGolden: This film is almost ''more'' silent that films of the silent era, because, unlike virtually all films from silent movie days, Lane did not use any title cards. The whole film is told through images.
* SuddenlyVoiced: The pretty woman tracks the artist down, finding him in a gathering of homeless people in a park. Suddenly, pretty much out of nowhere and about a minute before the movie ends, the voices of all the homeless people can be heard, some of them begging passers-by for change, some of them mentally ill and raving.
* StreetPerformer: A whole block of them, including street musicians, a magician, a dancer, and a ventriloquist, as well as the artist on the corner.
* VillainBall: The hoods who murdered the little girl's father show up again towards the end of the movie and kidnap the child. It is not clear why this happens.
* WouldHitAGirl: The little girl's no-good father smacks her in the face before taking her money to go gambling.
* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: The artist resorts to this when the much bigger rival artist is about to pummel him, whipping out glasses that he apparently had staged for that purpose.

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