By Murray Pomerance, Wheeler Winston Dixon, Barry Keith Grant, Aaron Baker, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Paula J. Massood, Steven Alan Carr, Joe McElhaney, William Rothman, David Sterritt, David Gerstner, Randy Thom, Elizabeth Weis, Scott Bukatman, Pamela Grace,
Ny, greater than the other urban, has held a unique fascination for filmmakers and audience. In each decade of Hollywood filmmaking, artists of the monitor have fixated upon this interesting position for its tensions and gives you, surprising illumination and fearsome darkness.
The glittering skyscrapers of such motion pictures as in town have shadowed the attribute seedy streets within which determined, passionate tales have performed out--as in Scandal Sheet and The Pawnbroker. In different movies, the town is a cauldron of vibrant lighting, expertise, empire, egotism, worry, starvation, and change--the scenic epitome of the US within the sleek age.
From highway Scene and Breakfast at Tiffany's to Rosemary's child, The Warriors, and twenty fifth Hour, the 16 essays during this ebook discover the cinematic illustration of latest York as a urban of expertise, as a locus of ideographic characters and areas, as a urban of strikes and traps, and as a web site of allurement and chance. participants examine the paintings of Woody Allen, Blake Edwards, Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory l. a. Cava, Spike Lee, Sidney Lumet, Vincente Minnelli, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Andy Warhol, and a variety of others.
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These people don’t really know each other—their sense of blissful communion need never be tested against the gritty practical reality of sustained love. ” The ideal can only exist as a lost idea. There is always the possibility that it could have been more. Yet it’s extraordinary how the song, which merits the word “bittersweet” more than anything I know, acknowledges that real love demands the time it takes to become banal: “Haven’t had time to wake up/Seeing you there without your makeup” is more than a wistful desire for a quiet, private moment within the whirlwind of this romance; it admits the possibility they might not even have seen the real person underlying the other’s public face.
No one seems to know who anyone really is, and no one cares; it is all about being there and partying to excess, engaging other partyers in only the most superﬁcial manner. In a similar display of superﬁciality, when Holly gets caught up in a scandal at the end of the ﬁlm, all her New York friends desert her. Certainly none would travel across the country for her as Doc does. The deserted dark alley in which the ﬁlm ends, in stark contrast to the exuberant party at its center, is crucial to its representation of New York.
As early as 9, when he was also working on Experiment in Terror, which places an important scene in an eerily deserted baseball stadium, Edwards sensed an intensely alienating aspect of modern urban life that he linked to deserted public spaces. ) in one of the balletic interludes against which the urban bustle of New York jostles. On the Town (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, MGM, ). Digital frame enlargement. ” —On the Town What can happen in a day in New York City? Plenty. A day in the life of the city is a trope familiar in both the journalism of the nineteenth century and the city symphony ﬁlms of the s.