1/24/09

NEW YORK F@&#ING CITY ON FILM PART TRES!

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Dig the following, compiled by the very twenties-oriented youtube poster Aaron1912 (I've embedded quite a bit of his collection over the last year and a half, so a belated thanks is owed to him). It's a wonderful collection of views of New York in the 1920's, including extended sequences from Harold Lloyd's 1928 "Speedy" (he's the cab-driver and Babe Ruth is the passenger who asks to be taken to Yankee Stadium).

Note that trolley cars are still in use in Manhattan (when did they finally go away?) and a few fine views of the El trains are on display. Also the bizarre horse&carriage chase toward the end begs the question: how did sequences like this get accomplished in the pre-digital age? Did people regularly die during the making of comedies? Truly breathtaking, some of these stunts.

And by the way, click here to read the very charming answers to the questions that I asked "thisispinkharma" in our blog/interview/chain/thingy.






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1 comment:

  1. Thank you Raymond (and Aaron1912) for the clip!

    Amazing...you would think that after all these years things would be different, but (even with traffic lights)...I still know some people who continue to drive like that!

    Take care now
    peace and love
    xoxo

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