Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Twenty-Four Dollar Island

US 1926. P+D: Robert J. Flaherty. Unseen Cinema Dvd with music by Donald Sosin (35 mm print was not available) (this version based on material from Nederlands Filmmuseum, Robert and Frances Flaherty Film Study Center, and Gosfilmofond), 13 min, viewed at Cinema Orion (DocPoint), Helsinki, 27 Jan 2010.

The history of Manhattan, starting in 1626 when Dutch merchants established New Amsterdam having bought the island with 24 dollars from the Indians. Flaherty's attempt in city symphony. Montages of the harbour, the ships, construction sites, skyscrapers. A vision of the mechanical, urban, man-built world.

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