Arrival in the Bronx is shown with a view from an elevated train as it enters the city. Then follows a montage of sights from the Bronx. Many typical neighborhood activities are shown, along with scenes from many local businesses.
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A camera on an elevated train enters the Bronx. We look down at morning activity. Three title cards tell us, "The Bronx does business ... and the Bronx lives ... on the street." We look in store windows, at fruit and vegetables on display, and at a newsstand. We see shops and shoppers, carts and autos. A truck dumps coal; the iceman cometh. Drying clothes hang on lines strung between buildings. Women push prams; children look down from balconies, a woman leans out an open window. The streets are busy. Children play dice, stickball, and hopscotch. An ice-cream pushcart arrives. There are cats, dogs, and pigeons. The camera goes to a rooftop for a panorama. Written by
On the surface, "A Bronx Morning" is just that -- a morning in the Bronx.
On the other hand, it's an avant garde look at street life in the NYC borough. The filmmaker is less concerned with the identities of the people going about their daily business as much as he is with what people are doing (jumping rope, rocking a baby carriage).
Anyone curious as to how the Bronx looked in the early 1930s should definitely check this one out.
The short runs 11 minutes in length and should be available on DVD at this point.
Worth looking into.
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