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.
A dance of shapes. A title card tells us this is an experiment in conveying the mental images of music in a visual form. Liszt's "Second Hungarian Rhapsody" is the music. The shapes, all ... See full summary »
A camera mounted on a yacht travels the Hudson. A malfunction gives the film a ghostly look. A bridge is before us, tugs and small crafts everywhere. We go under the bridge and pass a large... See full summary »
The camera is high above Manhattan near the top of the Times Building, pointing down. We see the edge of the parapet where the camera operator stands. The shot pans up, revealing first a ... See full summary »
"This is a very remarkable picture, showing Union Square, New York City, during the great March blizzard of 1899. The camera was stationed at the corner of Broadway and Fourteenth Street, ... See full summary »
This short film shows a panoramic view of Manhattan Island, as it appeared in 1903. The island is viewed from the North River (Hudson River), and the view moves down the west side of the ... See full summary »
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
One of the 50 films in the 3-disk boxed DVD set called "More Treasures from American Film Archives, 1894-1931" (2004), compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 5 American film archives. This film is preserved by the Museum of Modern Art, has a running time of 11 minutes and an added music score. See more »
Jay Leyda decided to pay tribute to the New York borough of the Bronx in this short film. Instead of focusing on skyscrapers and the spectacular, it focuses on more mundane things. Taken from what appears to have been public transportation, his camera zips by various tenements and landmarks. Then, it suddenly slows to show the people--shopping, walking and going about their lives. While I am pretty sure this will bore a lot of people, the film is worth preserving for two obvious reasons. First, the camera-work is quite nice--and it's not just like a travelogue. His choices of what to show and how to focus was often rather artistic--even when it was VERY mundane. Second, think of the history you are seeing. Hollywood films never show this sort of stuff and their view of New York was almost exclusively a sanitized image of Manhattan. Worth a look.
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