7.2/10
272
5 user 2 critic

N.Y., N.Y. (1957)

Not Rated | | Short | 17 January 2013 (USA)
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.

Director:

Francis Thompson
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Neighbours (1952)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A surreal story of two neighbours' destructive feud over a flower.

Director: Norman McLaren
Stars: Grant Munro, Jean Paul Ladouceur
The War Game (TV Movie 1965)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A docudrama depicting a hypothetical nuclear attack on Britain.

Director: Peter Watkins
Stars: Michael Aspel, Peter Graham, Dave Baldwin
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Bettie de Jong performs the same dance nine times, starting and ending in a reclined position. As the film proceeds the camera becomes more and more adventurous.

Director: Hilary Harris
Stars: Bettie de Jong
Faces I (1968)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A middle-aged man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner. The film follows their struggles to find love amongst each other.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: John Marley, Gena Rowlands, Lynn Carlin
Shadows (1958)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Cassavetes' jazz-scored improvisational film explores interracial friendships and relationships in Beat-Era (1950s) New York City.

Director: John Cassavetes
Stars: Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd
To Be Alive! (1964)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

"To Be Alive!" was designed to celebrate the common ground between different cultures by tracing how children in various parts of the world mature into adulthood.

Directors: Alexander Hammid, Francis Thompson
Stars: Robert Fields
In the Street (1948)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Images of street life in New York's Spanish Harlem during the 1940s.

Directors: James Agee, Helen Levitt, and 1 more credit »
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The trials and tribulations of Eddie and other transvestites in Japan.

Director: Toshio Matsumoto
Stars: Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshimi Jô
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Tom Palazzolo
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In contrast to the high-end 2K digital technology used to restore MANHATTA, I learned filmmaking on a 35mm Oxberry beam-splitter, multi-head, aerial-image bi-pac optical printer. A dinosaur... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Posner
Castro Street (1966)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Inspired by a lesson from Erik Satie; a film in the form of a street - Castro Street running by the Standard Oil Refinery in Richmond, California ... switch engines on one side and refinery... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Baillie
Seasons... (2002)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Brakhage's hand carvings directly into the film emulsions are illuminated and textured by Solomon's lighting and optical printing. The forms are then shaped and edited by Solomon into a ... See full summary »

Directors: Stan Brakhage, Philip S. Solomon
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

N.Y., N.Y.: A Day in New York See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great
22 January 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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

**** (out of 4)

I've read a lot of different things about this film but the main thing appears to be that director Thompson spent over twenty-years making the perfect camera to put his strange and unique vision on film. The kaleidoscope lenses used here were Thompson's creation and the secrets he took to the grave with him. There's not really any story being told but instead we just see all sorts of visuals from the morning time through the evening up into the night. All of the images coming from New York City but we're seeing them unlike anything before or after. I'm really not sure how to explain this form of cinema except by calling it very original and unique. Needless to say I haven't seen a movie like this one before and I'm sure you'd see or feel something different with each new viewing because there's just so much going on here. I think the best stuff was the night scenes just because of how the beautiful colors leaped off the screen. The kaleidoscope lense certain made a true treasure in terms of visuals.


2 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed