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One Track Mind (2005)

Not Rated | | Short | 2005 (USA)
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Philip Ashforth Coppola has devoted all his free time in the last thirty years to cataloging and archiving every station in the New York City subway system. Using his own resources, this ... See full summary »

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Jeremy Workman

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Jeremy Workman
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Philip Ashforth Coppola has devoted all his free time in the last thirty years to cataloging and archiving every station in the New York City subway system. Using his own resources, this humble New Jersey printing press operator has self-financed a multi-volume "study" of his true passion: the rich, even rapturous design-work found within New York's underworld, conceived and constructed at a more adventurous time in our city's public-building history, and today forming the basis of unlikely - and often unnoticed - cathedrals of mosaic, faïence, terra cotta, tile, and steel. The film is a profile on Philip and his extreme obsession of the design and decoration of New York's 496 subway stations. Filmed over a course of four years, ONE TRACK MIND is a portrait of a man consumed by a singular passion --- a passion that few others share. The documentary, shot almost entirely in the subway system in post-9/11 New York, is also a loving portrait of a city's artistic idiosyncrasies. Written by anonymous

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1 Man, 496 Stations, A Zillion Tiles . . .

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English

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2005 (USA) See more »

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Coppola is an invaluable NY genius and Workman has done his life's work justice !
5 November 2006 | by teri60-1See all my reviews

"One Track Mind" tells the story of a humble and multi-talented man, who one feels as a New Yorker, could only have been produced by New York. The film with great skill, takes you into Phillip Coppola's world which is beyond most examples of 'labors of love'. He has the diligence of a scientist, the talent of the best draftsmen; but it is his love of the art & artisanship of both the anonymous & named in making all aspects of our subway stations not only not sterile, but beautiful, that really come across. I cannot recommend this film more highly, and even hope that it brings the deserved acclaim to Mr. Coppola, not because his ego needs it (it would probably embarrass him) but because he should have his work supported & help completing his task given, before we lose any more of the irreplaceable art underground. The filmmaker obviously also needs support for whatever subject he next turns his attention to. I for one await his next endeavor impatiently!


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