Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.
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Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.

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Life in Action
22 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.

The film is generally considered as an extension of Levitt's (now famed) street photography in New York City, and Levitt subsequently re-used the title, "In the Street", for a volume reproducing her photographs. Loeb was a painter and photographer. James Agee was a noted writer; both Loeb and Agee subsequently collaborated with Levitt on a second film, "The Quiet One" (1948).

This really is a collection of photos of life in Spanish Harlem, although these photos happen to be moving. There is no plot, no characters, just people being people and kids being kids. Having never been there myself, I couldn't even say it had any notable landmarks. But that was sort of the point.


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