PICTURING A METROPOLIS
New York City Unveiled
Only Unseen Cinema DVD released as
The DVD depicts dynamic images of New York City and
scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of
America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the
same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments.
Avant-garde moments pop up in the most unlikely of places including turn-of-the-twentieth-century
actualities, commercial and radical newsreels, and Busby Berkeley's "Lullaby
of Broadway" from Gold Diggers of 1935. Included are spectacular prints
of Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand's Manhatta (1921), Robert Flaherty's
Twenty-four-Dollar Island (c. 1926), Robert Florey's Skyscraper
Symphony (1929), Jay Leyda's A Bronx Morning (1931), and Rudy
Burckhardt's Pursuit of Happiness (1940).
Lower Broadway (1902)—Robert K. Bonine
Beginning of a Skyscraper (1902)—Robert K. Bonine
Panorama from Times Building, New York (1905)—Wallace McCutcheon
Skyscrapers of NYC from North River (1903)—J.B. Smith
Panorama from Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903)—G.W. "Billy"
Building Up and Demolishing the Star Theatre (1902)—Frederick
Coney Island at Night (1905)—Edwin S. Porter
Interior New York Subway 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905)—G.W.
Seeing New York by Yacht (1902)—Frederick Armitage &
2 Looney Lens: Split Skyscrapers (1924) and Tenth Avenue, NYC
4 Scenes from Ford Educational Weekly (1916-24)—creators
Manhatta (1921)—Charles Sheeler & Paul Strand
Twentyfour-Dollar Island (c. 1926)—Robert Flaherty
Skyscraper Symphony (1929)—Robert Florey
Manhattan Medley (1931)—Bonney Powell
A Bronx Morning (1931)—Jay Leyda
Footnote to Fact (1933)—Lewis Jacobs
Seeing the World (1937)—Rudy Burckhardt
Pursuit of Hapiness (1940)—Rudy Burckhardt
Gold Diggers of 1935 — "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935)—Busby
Autumn Fire (1930-33)—Herman Weinberg
Running time: 152 minutes
Contents: 26 Films
Sound & Silent
"Every New Yorker
should see it."
–New Yorker on Manhatta
UNSEEN CINEMA: PICTURING A METROPOLIS
is one of a seven-DVD series exploring American avant-garde cinema from
1894-1941. Presented by Anthology Film Archives in association with the
British Film Institute, Cineric, Film Preservation Associates, Deutsches
Filmmuseum, George Eastman House, The Library of Congress and The Museum
of Modern Art.
"In terms of genre, the Unseen Cinema cover a lot more ground
than a typical film series, but that decision to cast a wide net is true
to the early avant-garde, who were willing to include nearly anything
in their definition of cinema."
–The Austin Chronicle
"Busby Berkeley’s 'Lullaby of Broadway' sequence combines city-symphony
footage, elaborate choreography, and dream imagery in a showcase of Hollywood-style
–City Papers, Washington D.C.
Films preserved by
Anthology Film Archives
British Film Institute
Film Preservation Associates
Gosfilmofond of Russia
The Library of Congress
National Archives and Records Service
Turner Entertainment Company
University of South Carolina Newsfilm Archive
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Louis de Francesco
R. Bruce Elder
Robert A. Haller
Curated by Bruce Posner
Produced for DVD by David Shepard
Released by Image Entertainment
Sponsored by Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Deutsches Filmmuseum,
Frankfurt am Main.
Made possible in part by Cineric, Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, and Film
Preservation Associates, Inc.
of 1935 © 1935 First National Pictures, Inc.
Special Contents of this Edition © 2005 by Anthology