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


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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 place.

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

Production years

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