Thursday, December 11

Jem Cohen - This Is a History of New York (1987)

"And in its own way, it is. I've always felt that demythologising films about New York make me want to visit the place more than romanticised ones ever do - and I say that as a big Woody Allen fan (see also Fruitvale Station, which wraps a horrible story about racial injustice inside a warm, humane portrait of NYC communal spirit). In Jem Cohen's short the people are mostly marginal, the footage could be from a hundred years ago or from last week, and the monuments to America's progressive, space-racing past are in a state of melancholy disrepair."
YouTube: This Is a History of New York

2014 January: Jem Cohen, 2014 June: Museum Hours (2012), 2014 November: Interview with Jem Cohen.