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Manhatta (1921)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 17 January 2013 (USA)
This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

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Charles Sheeler (uncredited), Paul Strand (uncredited)
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Morning reveals New York harbor, the wharves, the Brooklyn Bridge. A ferry boat docks, disgorging its huddled mass. People move briskly along Wall St. or stroll more languorously through a cemetery. Ranks of skyscrapers extrude columns of smoke and steam. In plain view. Or framed, as through a balustrade. A crane promotes the city's upward progress, as an ironworker balances on a high beam. A locomotive in a railway yard prepares to depart, while an arriving ocean liner jostles with attentive tugboats. Fading sunlight is reflected in the waters of the harbor... The imagery is interspersed with quotations from Walt Whitman, who is left unnamed. Written by David Steele

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Documentary | Short

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

17 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mannahatta See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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The poet whose works are quoted during the film is Walt Whitman. See more »

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Featured in The Secret Life of Sergei Eisenstein (1987) See more »

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Needs More, a Nice Start
6 January 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

This groundbreaking silent documentary captures the beauty and majesty of the New York City in its streets, skyscrapers, bridges, rail yards and harbors.

Is this film groundbreaking? I would have to agree with that. But unfortunately, it doesn't break nearly as much ground as it could. The film reminds me of "Berlin", the documentary made by Karl Freund and Carl Mayer, among others. The big difference being that "Manhatta" is not particularly long.

And that is why I can only give it so much love, because I wish more of 1920s New York was captured on film, an era that is still remembered fondly today (2017). Any document would be somewhat priceless to the right people.


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