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A Bronx Morning (1931)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | 1931 (USA)
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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Jay Leyda
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Short

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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 »

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Ahead of its Time
11 April 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

It's very striking that this was filmed during the Depression, with all the signs in store windows encouraging people to shop now that prices are lower, or they are going out of business. There was at least one "fire sale" (a term I had no idea was in common use). This makes the film something of an important historical document.

But also, with so many clever angles and a focus on things that the average person may not even think to capture, the film is ahead of its time. A documentary, but also a work of art. I'm sure someone has carefully studied this film, trying to identify the businesses and maybe even the people.


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Country:

USA

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None | English

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1931 (USA) See more »

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Утро Бронкса See more »

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(2004 National Film Preservation Foundation print)

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Silent
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