NY, NY: A Day In New York / Francis Thompson / 1957

NY, NY: A Day In New York / Francis Thompson / 1957


Footnotes

Looking at NY, NY, I was amazed to see that virtually every pictorial device invented by the old masters of non-representational art and reproduced ad nauseam by the academicians and mannerists of the school, for the last forty years or more, makes its appearance, alive, glowing, intensely significant, in the sequences of Mr. Thompson’s film. ➡︎

Thompson’s trick lenses and manipulated exposures make doomsday seem imminent. The old Pennsylvania Station, modelled on the Baths of Caracalla, is already a Piranesian ruin. Photographed from below, the Empire State Building wilts in the acid light that pours from an irradiated sky. Skyscrapers buckle and topple, just as the World Trade Center did; buses bifurcate like slithering worms; passers-by, deformed by funhouse mirrors, melt into blobs. When their mechanised labour has ended, Thompson’s New Yorkers go to the ballet to be entertained by white, wispy ghosts. ➡︎


Sources

◼︎ Heaven and Hell / Aldous Huxley / 1956

◼︎ Architecture on Film: On The Town + NY, NY / Programme Notes / Peter Conrad / The Architecture Foundation / 2016


She Moves She / Four Tet / Ed Holdsworth / 2003

She Moves She / Four Tet / Ed Holdsworth / 2003

Daybreak Express / D.A. Pennebaker / 1953

Daybreak Express / D.A. Pennebaker / 1953