in about 100 words or less
US 10m, B&W, Silent
Director: Paul Strand & Charles Sheeler
Manhatta is an experimental documentary short film that depicts a day in the life of New York City. Described as a “City of the World”, which has brought together people from all over the globe, Strand and Sheeler’s camera holds largely stationary in a series of high angle shots of the city below. The focus of their camera includes construction activities, transportation, and the many billowing smokestacks – all of which represent progress. Accompanied by excerpts from the writings of Walt Whitman, Manhatta is an inspiring document of America’s growth and prosperity in the early 20th century (Klaus Ming March 2016).