Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mantatta by Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (N.Y.) has provided this six-minute film `Manhatta' on their website. Made in 1920 by American artist Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, this film spans an imaginary day in the life of New York City, and has been described as the first avant-garde film made in America. A link is provided to the poem `Leaves of Grass' by Walt Whitman, on which the film was based. Sheeler exhibited `Manhatta' as both a projected film and as prints from the film strips. Three formats to watch this film are offered: Real Video; QuickTime for broadband and QuickTime for modem.
Link: http://www.metmuseum.org/explore/artists_view/manhatta_main.html
Access: Free