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"Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" is hard to watch

It's a good thing that "Hard Times: Lost on Long Island" (9 tonight, HBO) is just about an hour long. I don't think you could take much more.

The documentary is a powerful and haunting evocation of unemployment and the death of the 'American dream' that's worthwhile viewing simply for its dose of realism and humanity. It's also incredibly depressing.

Director Marc Levin focuses on four families in Levittown, Long Island, considered the first slice of American suburbia; it's a place where families went, fleeing the city for an affordable home, white picket fence included.

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