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Skyscraper Symphony

Date produced: 1929

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Florey

Description:

“The hard-edged graphics of 'Skyscraper Symphony' stand in contrast to other New York 'scenics' produced during the 1920s. Composed of skewed perspectives, Robert Florey’s camera looks straight up the domineering concrete behemoths. And it is hard to determine if the film mimics symphonic form as the title suggests or whether it advances a new methodology in musical-visual shot progression that reflects the alien structures depicted.” —Bruce Posner via Light Cone


Twenty-Four Dollar Island

Date produced: 1926

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Flaherty

Description:

"Flaherty's New York film is a negotiation of modern urban culture (the city) by a filmmaker whose interests had primarily been of the exotic, the folk, the ancient cultures" (Tepperman 32).


We Are All Artists

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Alon Bement

Description:

"We Are All Artists, traces our experience of the aeshetic in the everyday; it begins by considering the related categories of beauty, art, and craftwork before moving on to suggest some of the many ways that modern art and design have made our world more beautiful. Offering a broad definition of art as any "skillful or purposeful endeavor," the film suggests that we are all artists to the extent that we exercise aesthetic judgement through a range of quotidian activities. The film presents a montage sequence showing a woman cleaning, men painting a wall, a letter being typed, and activities in gardening and pottery and then concludes by proposing that even "exercising the powers of selection" —as in purchasing a hat—makes use of some attributes of the artist" (Tepperman, 237-238).


Rockefeller Center

Date produced: 1969

Filmmaker(s):

Cyrus Pinkham

Description:

"Black-and-white home movie provides a tour of Rockefeller Center, including scenes of Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers at a garden event." oldfilm.org


Nequasset Bridge

Date produced: 1957

Filmmaker(s):

Walter Mitton

Description:

"Title, 'Nequasset Bridge is on new location of Route 1 near the famous ship-building city of Bath.'" oldfilm.org


Toll of Time, The

Date produced: 1948

Filmmaker(s):

Walter Mitton

Description:

"Brickett Bridge, Andover Maine was built in 1871 of native spruce lumber. It served its purpose well until 1948 when it was replaced with steel and concrete." oldfilm.org


Opeechee Stream Bridge, Searsport

Date produced: 1949

Filmmaker(s):

Walter Mitton

Description:

"Bridge construction, Meadow Brook Bridge, Maine. 'Opeechee Stream Bridge, Searsport' 'The Gypsie Bridge Builders enjoy the summer breezes of Penobscot Bay while replacing one of the few stone bridges remaining on Route 1.' Detailed documentation of bridge building in rural Maine." oldfilm.org


Little Monastery by the Side of the Road, The

Date produced: 1970

Filmmaker(s):

Peter A. Kransz

Description:

"The Little Monastery by the Side of the Road by Peter A. Kransz, a PSA member of Niles, Ill. Peter has made this corny, but very clever, shorty film that will have everyone chuckling and wondering why they didn't think of it! This 3-minute 16mm film won for him a Ten Best medal and the Humorous Film Award" PSA Journal, Nov. 1970, 38.


Manhattan Tower

Date produced: 1962

Filmmaker(s):

Jack Pashkovsky

Description:

"A visit in New York City but mostly in the spirit of its night life although we do see some of its people and sun-bathed architecture, all to the beat and narration of a Decca recording. The source of the picture material appears to be from magazines and other printed picture sources including some live (but static) posing. The use of camera movement and lens zooming conveys a feeling of motion and activity for an enjoyable visit in New York" PSA Journal, Oct. 1962, 35


Castle, The

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

E. F. Attridge

Description:

"Casa Loma (house on a hill) was built by Sir Henry Pellat in Toronto. The design includes many of the things he admired in the castles of Europe. Much of the interior was imported. In this magnificence, Sir Henry lived until he could no longer afford the mounting city taxes. Out filmer takes us through this old castle that we may relive some of its greatness. The picture was made for the Kiwanis Club which was so active in reclaiming Casa Loma for Toronto" PSA Journal, Oct. 1961, 47-48.


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