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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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One of the best little docs I've seen in a long time
6 November 2006 | by pinekoanSee all my reviews

One of the best little docs I've seen in a long time. I saw this one playing at Museum of Modern Art in New York and I was just amazed. The film follows along this humble guy Phil as he creates his giant masterpiece: a sprawling, 5000 page book that details all the New York subway stations. I particularly loved how Workman used music in this film. There seemed to be long stretches where Phil just did his thing while the material was edited to beautiful music. it was edited beautifully. If you see this one show up anywhere, you gotta see it. If you're a fan of New York history and quirky New York characters, you'll love it. keep up your work Phil. I can't wait to see your book published.


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