N.Y., N.Y.

by Francis THOMPSON
1948-1958 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 15' 36

"Eight years in the making, Francis Thompson created an abstract riff on NYC that’s 'a touch Cubist and a touch Dadaist.' Although immediately cited by Aldous Huxley as 'new form of visionary art,' the film originals sat under Francis’ bed for nearly 30 years.
The experience remains an exquisite time capsule that not only documents Manhattan during the 1950s but also, in the words of the New York Times, proffers 'one of the few genuine masterpieces' of the burgeoning experimental film movement in the United States.
Prismatic and distorted, Francis Thompson shot the vibrant fractured images with a Kodak Ciné-Special camera specially rigged with 'secret' mirrors, kaleidoscopes and even reflective car hubcaps. His objective was to create a complete and carefully integrated film using precisely controlled camera distortion in a dramatically unfolding structure." - Bruce Posner


distribution format Digital file on server (FHD)
version restored version
notes New music by Gene Forrell
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound sound
rental fee 63,00 €