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Manhatta (1921), in arquia/film archive


Manhattan, directed by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, shows the Manhattan of the 1920's in 65 sequences with no narrative structure. The film begins with the image of passengers on the Staten Island ferry approaching the city and ends with a view of the sunset from a skyscraper, evoking a day in the life of New York City. The film seeks to explore the relationship between photography and cinema: camera movement is minimized, and each snapshot provides a view of the city that has been carefully studied.

A modernist audiovisual production with cubist perspectives and percussion rhythms that, according to Jan-Christopher Horak, is the first avant-garde film made in the United States.

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