A single static shot of the Empire State Building, 34th Street and 5th Avenue, filmed from early evening until nearly 3 am on 24-25 July 1964 from an office of the Rockefeller Foundation, on the 41st floor of the Time-Life Building, 51st Street and 6th Avenue, New York City, New York, USA.
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This is Warhol's most important film, the Campbell's Soup Cans of cinema. I watched the 1-hour edit. And I didn't really stare at it the whole time, but I had it projected on the wall, it was beautiful. I would definitely watch it again, and I would love to have a copy of the full 8-hour film.
Watched in two 4 hr sittings interrupted by a bathroom break, quick meal, & stretch. Certainly the formal choices (filming at 24 fps and projecting at 16, single fixed camera position, no music) lend themselves to an argument that the film meditates on the temporality of existence and sure, maybe other films make that same point in a fraction of the time but the approach here is certainly commendable.
unwatched, because i'd need a pound of grass and a pile of ritalin to sit through this famous, (almost) invariable eight hour footage of the Empire State Building (listed in the credits as cast! Lol)....four stars for Warhol's sublime pisstake attitude...