Director: Wayne Wang Run Time: 112 min. Format: Digital Rating: R Release Year: 1995
Starring: Harvey Keitel, William Hurt, Harold Perrineau, Forest Whitaker, Stockard Channing, Ashley Judd
Two days, one summer, eighteen years. A Brooklyn smoke shop is the epicenter of the neighborhood and a haven to its inhabitants with problematic lives. Wayne Wang’s Smoke (written by Brooklynite Paul Auster and based off a 1990 short story he wrote for the New York Times) provides beautiful and touching glimpses into the fractured lives of the neighborhood folk who patron it. From a disheartened writer to a son in search of his father, the trials of troubled familial life unfold before the eyes of the Brooklyn Cigar Co. owner Auggie, including his own.
The Brooklyn Cigar Co. was located on the corner of 16th Street and Prospect Park West, right across Bartel-Pritchard Square from Nitehawk Prospect Park.