Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Bronx Morning found this amazing artifact of old New York. Made in 1931, it shows 11 minutes of life on a Bronx street.

From the text:  

"A Bronx Morning is a 1931 avant-garde film by American filmmaker Jay Leyda (1910–1988). Described as 'city symphony,' the eleven-minute European style film recorded a Bronx street in New York City before it is crowded with traffic... In 2004, A Bronx Morning was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.'"

Visit Ubu to view the film.


Myomon said...

1931, a year after my father arrived in NY aged 10 from Italy, joining the rest of his family. I noted small pleasures, like Italian ice from a pushcart, and the battered shoes and clothing of some of the kids.

I love that New York, still palpable in the 60s in places like the Bronx.

Anonymous said...

Very kool. :)