McCarty takes his camera up high to look down on the roof tops of New York, to watch vignettes unfold. A modest voice-over narration invites us to see the city and the habits of its ... See full summary »

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McCarty takes his camera up high to look down on the roof tops of New York, to watch vignettes unfold. A modest voice-over narration invites us to see the city and the habits of its residents from a new vantage. For example, a portly gentleman goes to his roof top to exercise, working up a sweat with calisthenics and a jump rope. The camera cuts away from him, and comes back every few minutes to watch his progress. By the end, he sits down to consume a huge picnic lunch. In other vignettes, women sunbathe, lovers meet, children play, gardeners potter, laundry dries - an entire set of social events takes place out of sight of all but McCarty and his bird's eye view. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It is another view of the Big Apple
29 January 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

New York is a very special city, is another world inside the US. But the visitors only can see the life in the street, visit the museums, walk through Central Park and even attend to the concerts in the summer time (once, some years ago, I have the pleasure to attend a concert conducted by Zubin Metha, and the whole context was amazing: very elegant people mixed with Hippies, wine in fine glasses and beer in cans, etc.), but we never have the opportunity to see what's happened on the roofs of so many buildings, and this short movie show us the life on those roofs. If I am not wrong, the musical background was provided by the Modern Jazz Quartet. I really enjoy the movie when I watched it in Santiago, Chile in 1962 or 63.


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