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A City Symphony Underground

Be swept up on a journey on the New York City Subway, never knowing what will happen next.

Overview

Genre
Portrait, Cultural History, Reality, and Culture
Synopsis

'A City Symphony Underground' provides a view of the New York City Subway as never seen before. Blending footage shot in 1905, six months after the subway opened, with present day subway scenes, the film evokes the magical moments that occur daily underneath the sidewalks of New York.

This film is as an homage to the “City Symphony” documentary film genre introduced in the 1920s. These films were called “City Symphonies” because the filmmakers sought to create different “movements,” as in a musical symphony, to evoke a city’s changing moods. Not following the traditional narrative documentary approach, these films sought to catch "life unawares" within a "day in the life" of a city. 'A City Symphony Underground' attempts to do this with the world that exists below the great city of New York.

With neither narration nor dialog, this film is a visual "tone poem:” a moveable feast of images and sounds, set up as the backdrop for slices of life played out daily in a public

Stage
finished
Running time
12 minutes

Credits

  • Catherine Stratton ... Director, Cinematographer, Editor
  • Babette Wielenga ... Sound Assistant
  • Jeremy Cohan ... Additional Cinematography
  • Lisa Trusiani ... Composer

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2010
Locations
New York City

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
Big Apple Film Fest 2010; Black Maria Film Fest 2011; NewFilmmakers Film Fest 2011; SENE Film Festival 2011; New York No Limits Film Fest 2011
Awards
Director's Choice Award, Black Maria Film Festival
Language
Silent with Music and Ambient Sound

Photos

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