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MANHATTA BY PAUL STRAND AND CHARLES SHEELER
TRIP TO THE MOON BY Georges Méliès
POISON BY MAN RAY

MANHATTA BY PAUL STRAND AND CHARLES SHEELER

In 1920 Paul Strand and artist Charles Sheeler collaborated on Manhatta, a short silent film that presents a day in the life of lower Manhattan. Inspired by Walt Whitman’s book “Leaves of Grass,” the film includes multiple segments that express the character of New York. The sequences display a similar approach to the still photography of both artists. Attracted by the cityscape and its visual design, Strand and Sheeler favored extreme camera angles to capture New York’s dynamic qualities. Although influenced by Romanticism in its view of the urban environment, Manhatta is considered the first American avant-garde film.

Manhatta, A film by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler, 1921. Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. © Aperture Foundation Inc., Paul Strand Archive

 

TRIP TO THE MOON BY Georges Méliès

A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) is a 1902 French black and white silent science fiction film. It is based loosely on two popular novels of the time: From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne and The First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells.

The film was written and directed by Georges Méliès, assisted by his brother Gaston. The film runs 14 minutes if projected at 16 frames per second, which was the standard frame rate at the time the film was produced. It was extremely popular at the time of its release and is the best-known of the hundreds of fantasy films made by Méliès. A Trip to the Moon is the first science fiction film, and uses innovative animation and special effects, including the well-known image of the spaceship landing in the moon’s eye.

 

POISON BY MAN RAY