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Seeing New York by Yacht (1903)

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 »
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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 water storage cylinder, church spires, and many small craft. The feeling is of speed. Smokestacks dominate one shot. In one area, two- and three-story buildings go to the water's edge. Then a more pastoral area comes into view, but factories are not far away. Docks and piers and bridges signal an area of commerce. One stretch of coast has pleasure boats tied at piers; a hillside resort dominates the frame. Trees on a green hill conclude the trip. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Lor is RIGHT!
23 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Another reviewer, going by the moniker 'Lor' reviewed this film already and I have got to hand it to them--they got this one pegged. While the notes for this film say it's 'genuinely avant-garde' and it 'anticipates underground cinema works of the 1960s-1970s', I think it really is just a very sloppily made piece of film that, surprisingly, wasn't just thrown in the trash! It seems that the film looking this fuzzy and incomprehensible was NOT intended but was an experiment in time-lapse cinematography. Yet, apparently, some folks have taken a fuzzy and seemingly worthless piece of film and embraced it. I guess it takes all kinds....but I am not one of them! A bad film where it isn't even of a lot of historical value because it's so fuzzy and jerky that you'll barely recognize any of these New York landmarks. Not good....not good at all. However, squinting as you watch it actually does make viewing a bit better--try it and see what I mean!


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