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The camera is on a boat traveling from Pier 14 toward Battery Park. The North River (now the Hudson), busy with tugs, is in the foreground. The piers, some with liners, some with freight ... See full summary »
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The camera is on a boat traveling from Pier 14 toward Battery Park. The North River (now the Hudson), busy with tugs, is in the foreground. The piers, some with liners, some with freight boats, are in the middle, and the city's skyline is in the background. At first, the skyline is mostly spires and a few buildings of six or seven stories. By Pier 5, the skyline is much fuller, with buildings looking to be as high as 20 stories. Past New Pier 1 (United Fruit Company), the skyline begins to clear; then the park comes into view. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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February 1898 (USA)  »

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An early travelogue and quite nice!
17 July 2003 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

What a surprise to discover an early travelogue produced by the Edison Film company and directed by no one less than D.W. Griffith! I wonder if even then Griffith may have suspected how famous he was destined to become. This film is labeled as coming from 1898 but the copyright date on the movie itself is 1903. Either way it predates ADVENTURES OF DOLLIE, Griffith's first credited directorial effort, by several years. The movie brings New York City up close to rural audiences who probably would never get to see the city for themselves. Traveling leisurely downriver Griffith and his cameraman (NOT Billy Bitzer, he was working for Biograph at the time) show us all the tall buildings and the many businesses that were still dependant on ships to move their commerce. New York was certainly an industrial city even then but the skyscrapers were small by to-days deffinition. Still, imagine the wonder of someone living in a farming community seeing a city with buildings some 20 storeys high. Perhaps to end the film on a reassuring note that New York was not all tall buildings and factories we get a look at Battery Park which was very arboreal and peaceful looking.


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