Broadway by Light (William Klein - 1958)
“An experimental meditation on Times Square marquees and iconic advertising, Klein’s first film captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York’s Great White Way. Illustrative of Klein’s transition from photographer to filmmaker, Broadway by Light was declared by Orson Welles to be “the first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary. —calendar.walkerart.org”
80 Blocks from Tiffanys (1979), Dir.Gary Weiss
“The gangs in the South Bronx (about 80 blocks from Tiffany’s in more ways than one) are handled with kid gloves in this one-hour treatment by Gary Weis. The more articulate members of the Savage Nomads and Savage Skulls are interviewed while the less articulate minorities who incongruously brandish swastikas are glossed over. Aside from gang members venting about “social injustice” and cops, there are interviews with the police, a priest, and some community workers. In general, the documentary indicates that this one small part of the U.S. would gladly be engaged in a mini-civil war if left to ferment on its own. ~ Eleanor Mannikka,”
Gil Scott-Heron NY Is Killing Me
“N.Y.C” (No York City) by Rick Liss (1983)
This video by Rick Liss, with music by Laurie Anderson, takes us on a tour through five minutes of stop-motion vintage New York City in 1983.
Watching My Name Go By (1974)
“The Idea for this book was first conceived by graphic designer Mervyn Kurlansky, partner in the design consultancy, Pentagram, on a brief visit to New York in September 1972. He was so impressed by the recent outbreak of graffiti on subway cars, busses, trucks and buildings that he decided to return to New York specifically to record this phenomenon. He invited photographer Jon Naar to join him and together they explored New York, talking to those responsible and photographing their work. Norman Mailer was approached to contribute a text and this book is a result of their combined efforts”
Design and art direction by Mervyn Kurlansky/Pentagram.
Photographs by Jon Naar.
Text by Noram Mailer.
Published 1974 by Mathews Miller Dunbar Ltd