N.Y., N.Y. (1957)

 |  Short  |  17 January 2013 (USA)
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A day in the life of the city and citizens of New York as seen through the fantastic eye, and the incredibly distorted optic lenses, of filmmaker Francis Thompson.


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A nearly-wordless collage that follows a day in New York City from early morning to late at night. The day starts with a look at power generators, ready to light the city. At eight, an alarm clock goes off, people go to work on the subway, type, and break for lunch. In the evening, night clubs and jazz take over. The images are fanciful, abstract, and multiple, suggesting a kaleidoscope of color and activity. The soundtrack is light, breezy, and staccato. New York City is a place of bridges, skyscrapers, and motion. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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N.Y., N.Y.: A Day in New York  »

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It has been reported that it took Francis Thompson over 20 years to make film and manufacture the special lenses used to create the surreal and fractured images that dominate it. He refused to reveal how he did it. See more »

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The Big Apple......In Every Surreal Facet!
21 August 2003 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Everyday street life becomes a kaleidoscope of surreal images in this wonderful masterpiece of experimental filmmaking by Francis Thompson. Visually stunning, whimsical, and truly engaging from start to finish, this film has long been one of my very favourite short films.

It has been rumoured that it took Thompson over 20 years to both film and manufacture the special lenses used to create the fantastic and fractured images that dominate this film. He has refused to reveal his secrets to the present date. What is evident though is a mastery of visual tone and composition. Distorted objects and scenes, some recognizable and others not, blend and flow in a loosely based time line chronicling a typical New York City day, from sun-up to sundown. No narration or story to speak of, N.Y., N.Y. tells its tale through the bustling pace, the familiar city sounds, and the well-married musical score that accompanies it. Phantasmagoric, geometric, ultra-dimensional, and sometimes just plain weird, New York City has never told so many tales in so little time.

Some of the standout images that come to mind are cars folding in on themselves as they drive by; bodiless, rubbery legs appearing to walk on their own; and entire buildings, twisted and deformed, just seeming to hang about in mid-air. Every frame is a complete picture, and each rendered with an eye to pristine and endearing fullness. I can't recall how many times I've seen this amazing little gem of a film now, but with each successive time I see something new, and I do so with the same sense of excitement that I did when I first viewed it. It is such a fully realized piece of work I must laud both the film, and it's maker, whole- heartedly. It must be seen to be believed! 10/10. N.Y., N.Y. will not disappoint!

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