Manhatta – A Documentary of New York From 1921

by Christopher Paul on March 13, 2012

“Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film which revels in the haze rising from city smoke stacks. With the city as subject, it consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a sky scraper. The primary objective of the film is to explore the relationship between photography and film; camera movement is kept to a minimum, as is incidental motion within each shot. Each frame provides a view of the city that has been carefully arranged into abstract compositions.”

This guy’s whole channel is dedicated to really old movies. I thoroughly enjoyed looking back on New York a year before my grandmother was born. A lot has changed and yet it’s still the same.

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