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Manhatta

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Genre  Documentary, Short
Country  United States
Manhatta movie poster
Language  Silent film English intertitles
Director  Charles Sheeler Paul Strand
Release date  1921
Directors  Paul Strand, Charles Sheeler
Genres  Documentary, Experimental film, Silent film, Short Film, Black-and-white
Similar movies  The Starfish (1928), Cria Cuervos (1976), Sylvia (2003), Nims Island (2008), Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (1927)

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Manhatta (1921) is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand.

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Manhatta 1921 documentary film by paul strand


Production background

Manhatta documents the look of early 20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to explore the relationship between photography and film; camera movement is kept to a minimum, as is incidental motion within each shot. Each frame provides a view of the city that has been carefully arranged into abstract compositions.

Manhatta was a collaboration between painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand. The intertitles include excerpts from the writings of Walt Whitman.

Preservation status

In 1995 the film was deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress, selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, and was restored for the DVD set Unseen Cinema in October 2005. The film was completely restored in January 2009 by archivist Bruce Posner, working with film restoration company Lowry Digital. Posner spent close to four years returning the film to its original glory. The Museum of Modern Art and Anthology Film Archives also commissioned a new score from New York composer Donald Sosin.

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