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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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Subway Phil
10 May 2005 | by Brian McEvoySee all my reviews

This film tells the story of the uniquely intriguing Philip Ashforth Coppola - a quirky, endearing soul who has devoted the better part of the last thirty years to cataloguing and archiving every station in the New York City subway system.

Using his own resources, this humble New Jersey printing press operator has self-published and self-financed a multi-volume "study" of his true passion: the rivers of subterranean design - in mosaic, faience, terra cotta, tile, and steel - that a grander generation of public builders bequeathed to the humble and hurried subway rider. The film is a profile of Philip and his extreme obsession of the design and decoration of New York's 496 subway stations.

Filmed over a course of three 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 New York subway system, is also a loving portrait of a city's artistic idiosyncrasies.

If you love New York, you will love this film!


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