I'd love to hear more about the cinematic technology of the late fifties. If anyone knows about film stock and processing, let me know. All I could gather from the short was that it was filmed in "Eastman Color." Texture and color saturation, the tone and aura of a film, help define certain periods in the collective conscious. Klein's meditation makes a powerful statement about the late fifties. Simply gorgeous.
"Americans invented Jazz to make up for death... To make up for nightfall, they invented Broadway." Klein's thoughtful, playful, cinematic detournement of the spectacle - that "sun which never sets over the empire of modern passivity" - returning the human, artistic, gaze to its role as active agent. Wonderful score by Maurice Le Roux. Belated thanks to Resnais and Marker for getting Klein started in film. 4.5
The surrealism of our material world. Broadway By Light feels like a cross between the reflective urban photography of Saul Leiter and the psychedelic river boat scene from Willy Wonka. I wish this short film was expanded into an entire art museum exhibit.
They say the neon lights are bright on broadway
They say there's always magic in the air
But when you're walkin' down that street
And you ain't had enough to eat
The glitter rubs right off and you're nowhere
D'une beauté sans nom avec ces enseignes nocturnes qui, de parures mercantiles, deviennent sous l’œil du photographe autant d'entités féériques et vivantes. Une très belle utilisation de la musique. Et cette transition vers le matin...Ce même espace qui, la nuit, se métamorphose, révèle une dimension ignorée, m'a fait penser à l'apparition de la ville des esprits à la tombée de la nuit au début du Voyage de Chihiro.