Broadway by Light (1958), a film directed by William Klein

”I did this book on New York: black-and-white, grungy photographs. People said, “What a put-down–New York is not like that. New York is a million things, and you just see the seamy side.” So I thought I would do a film showing how seamy New York was, but intellectually, by doing a thing on electric-light signs. How beautiful they are, and what an obsessive, brainwashing message they carry. And everybody is so thankful for this super spectacle. Anyway, I think it’s the first Pop film.” – William Klein (source)

It’s been almost three years since we came to live next to Times Square – just off, still ”too close for comfort”. I’ve been crisscrossing Broadway every working day of the week, at least twice; sometimes during the weekends too. I have seen it by day and by night, sweating in the sizzling summer heat and glimmering after the rain, covered in snow and confetti, flooded with crowds and quasi-empty (yes, it does happen – rarely, but it does). But seeing it through Mr. Klein’s lens adds a whole new poetic dimension to the reality of Broadway, as we know it today.

It begins with these words:

”Les américaines ont inventé le jazz pour se consoler de la mort, la star pour se consoler de la femme.

Pour se consoler de la nuit, ils ont inventé Broadway…”

Click on the stills gallery for a larger view or, better yet, bedazzle yourself by watching this beautiful short film (only about 10′ long), here:

March 8th, 2018

Poor Lonesome Cowboy

*Big City Tunes*

I’m a poor lonesome cowboy
I’m a long long way from home
And this poor lonesome cowboy
Has got a long long way to roam
Over mountains over prairies
From dawn till day is done
Into the setting sun

Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
You’re a long long way from home
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
You’ve a long long way to roam
There are guys who just figure
Have a problem with a gun
And a finger on a trigger
Can be dangerous, hurt someone
But problems solve much better
By keeping calm and true
My horse and me keep riding
I ain’t nobody’s fool

I’m a poor lonesome cowboy
But it doesn’t bother me
‘Cause this poor lonesome cowboy
Prefers a horse for company
Got nothing against women
But I wave them all goodbye
My horse and me keep riding
We don’t like being tied
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
You’re a long long way from home
Lonesome cowboy, lonesome cowboy,
You’ve a long long way to roam

To roam

July 26th, 2017

Cityscapes || More Pollution

It takes all kinds…!

PS: I did watch the film and really wanted to like it. Maybe my expectations were too high or I’m just a grumpy old woman; either way it didn’t rate high on my list. But there is always number 2 which looks promising, if only because it features Diana in a glam ’80s costume – that alone is a sight to behold!

Midtown Manhattan

May 27th, 2017