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Manhatta : a study of the modern Babylon-on-the-Hudson [new music by Donald Sosin]

Author: Paul Strand; Charles Sheeler; Walt Whitman
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Flicker Alley, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : No Linguistic ContentView all editions and formats
Publication:Masterworks of American avant-garde experimental film, 1920-1970
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In 1920, photographer Paul Strand and painter-photographer Charles Sheeler, who had acquired a French 35mm Debrie movie camera, collaborated on a short non-commercial art film, no titled Manhatta. They began to shoot in lower Manhattan, working without scenario or script. Many of the scenes were made from the upper floors of skyscrapers in order to emphasize the geometric character of the city's architecture and to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Experimental films
Short films
Silent films
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Strand; Charles Sheeler; Walt Whitman
OCLC Number: 1022738295
Language Note: Silent film with poem written in English and featured as intertitles.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed January 02, 2018).
Credits: Digital restoration produced and supervised by Bruce Posner.
Description: 1 online resource (12 min.)
Responsibility: Anthology Film Archives, British Film Institute, DTS Digital Images, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Nederlands Filmmuseum present ; inspired by Walt Whitman's poem "Mannahatta" ; photographed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler.

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In 1920, photographer Paul Strand and painter-photographer Charles Sheeler, who had acquired a French 35mm Debrie movie camera, collaborated on a short non-commercial art film, no titled Manhatta. They began to shoot in lower Manhattan, working without scenario or script. Many of the scenes were made from the upper floors of skyscrapers in order to emphasize the geometric character of the city's architecture and to suggest the ant-like character of its population. In their press release, Strand wrote that they had tried to "register directly the living forms in front of them and reduce [them] through rigid selection ... to their most intensest [sic] terms of expressiveness ..." to capture the "elusive spirit" of New York, without resorting to "artifice or photographic trickery". 2K restoration from 35 mm 1.33:1 black & white silent 16 fps; new music by Donald Sosin.

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