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Format: DVD
Sku: 40723339
UPC: 014381287424
UPC 14: 00014381287424
Category Keywords: Cinema  Film History  Filmmaking  New York City
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New York City Unveiled
Since the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have been infatuated with dynamic images of New York City. The 26 short films on this DVD lovingly depict scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments. Avant-garde moments pop up in the most unlikely of places including turn-of-the-twentieth-century actualities, commercial and radical newsreels, and Busby Berkeley's spectacular "Lullaby of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935. City symphonies are represented by such landmark American films as Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921), Robert Flaherty's Twenty Four-Dollar Island (c.1926), Robert Florey's Skyscraper Symphony (1929), Jay Leyda's A Bronx Morning (1931), and Bonney Powell's Manhattan Medley (1931).
Editor's Note
UNSEEN CINEMA is a collection of 155 short films, lovingly curated by experts at the Anthology Film Archives, who use footage found in 60 of the world's most renowned archives. When the motion picture camera was invented, early practitioners were filled with a sense of the limitless possibilities of this amazing mechanism. With its ability to mimetically reproduce reality, as well as its potential for the manipulation of images as well as time and space, the movie camera was truly a tool of progress and hope. Those who produced some of the most inventive and experimental short films of the time went on to make it big in Hollywood, but their earliest work contains a rebellious spirit that is lacking in their later studio pictures. On this volume, PICTURING A METROPOLIS, some of the earliest cinematic documents of the bustling urban center of New York City are compiled. These include film scholar Jay Leyda's A BRONX STORY, documentarian Robert Flaherty's TWENTY-FOUR DOLLAR ISLAND, and Paul Strand's MANHATTA.


Video Features DVD, Black & White, Dolby, Digital Audio

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/18/2005
Video Play Time Running Time: 152 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2874DSDVD
Video UPC UPC: 00014381287424
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Robert Flaherty - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Strand - Director
Video Cast Info Busby Berkeley - Director

Professional Reviews

Film Comment
"[I]t is an avant-gardist's wish list. The image is top quality, transferred from exceptionally good prints....It's a treasure, featuring ebullient primitive films..." 11/01/2005 p.70-71

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Sheeler,Charles
Product attributeLabel:   Image Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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