Tuesday, August 09, 2005

In The Street

Another view of street life through silent film in the 1940's. A movie such as this is ripe for stripping away the musical soundtrack and substituting another or supplying a student created narration. Here's the background for the film: In The Street: In the mid-1940s, Helen Levitt began filming with an old Cine-Kodak viewfinder in the streets of East Harlem with her friends Janice Loeb and James Agee, wondering if a movie could be made in the style of the still photography she was already known for. In 1952, Levitt edited the footage and called it "In the Street." In the ensuing decades it has become widely recognized as a classic of cinematic art and a sociological treasure. ( 14 min.) Here's a small clip of it.

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