by Charles SHEELER & Paul STRAND
1921 / 35mm / b&w / silent / 1S / 9' 00

Manhatta documents the look of early 20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with the Staten Island ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. It is considered by some to be the first American avant-garde film. The primary objective of the film is to explore the relationship between photography and film; camera movement is kept to a minimum, as is incidental motion within each shot. Each frame provides a view of the city that has been carefully arranged into abstract compositions. The intertitles include excerpts from the writings of Walt Whitman.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 18 fps
sound silent
rental fee 42,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 42,00 €