Lucy
TitleLucy
DirectorVerena Rudolph
CountryGermany
Year1984
Duration47mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionLucy, my mother's sister, immigrated from a little Bavarian village to the United States in 1934. From that date she did not give any more news of herself. Fifty years later I went to New York (with a Bolex camera and a sound recorder) to look for my aunt. 'Piece by piece a mosaic of her life emerged from the tales of her best friends - four women between 90 and 100 years old - and from the stories of Luci, her Black adoptive daughter. Lucy was a gambler through and through, at the New York Stock Market as well as at the poker games in Harlem. With her woman-accompanist on the piano, she travelled to many countries as a singer, she became a dancer on Broadway, she performed in Harlem shows, she was an alcoholic and the owner of a pineapple plantation in Hawaii. Lucy is a film about the longing for love and freedom. It is a portrait of women in whose lives Lucy appeared and disappeared and a portrait of the city of New York at night.' (Verena Rudolph)