silent films

This documentary travelogue of New York City was made by a team of cameramen with the Swedish company Svenska Biografteatern, who were sent around the world to make pictures of well-known places. (They also filmed at Niagara Falls and in Paris, Monte Carlo, and Venice, although New York 1911 is the only selection in the Museum’s collection.) Opening and closing with shots of the Statue of Liberty, the film also includes New York Harbor; Battery Park and the John Ericsson statue; the elevated railways at Bowery and Worth Streets; Broadway sights like Grace Church and Mark Cross; the Flatiron Building on Fifth Avenue; and Madison Avenue. Produced only three years before the outbreak of World War I, the everyday life of the city recorded here—street traffic, people going about their business—has a casual, almost pastoral quality that differs from the modernist perspective of later city-symphony films like Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler’s Manhatta (1921). Take note of the surprising and remarkably timeless expression of boredom exhibited by a young girl filmed as she was chauffeured down Fifth Avenue in the front seat of a convertible limousine.

MoMA’s restoration of New York 1911 is derived from the original nitrate print of the film.

New York 1911. 1911. Sweden. Produced by Svenska Biografteatern. Silent, with music by Ben Model. 9 min.

This presentation is part of an ongoing series that makes film and video works from MoMA’s collection available online.

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Secret Speakeasy is a pop-up event to raise funds and awareness for The Museum Of Interesting Things. 16mm movie fest & party!

A party and film screening, this fundraising event and showing of old films takes place at The Loft at Prince Street 177 Prince Street

Between Thompson & Sullivan street
in Soho NYC 212 274 8757

on Sun Feb 1st
6 pm – 11pm! or more…

Admission price: “$10 to help the museum :)”

Those attending Sunday night’s event might end up on film/video themselves; as “we are shooting part of
a pilot for a possible show at the gig”.

The evening’s attractions include film footage from

“All eras of history some over 100 years old!
See Old 16mm circus, animations, vaudville and more

The Museum has a show featuring
Rare 16mm films from the
1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s

and you get to pick the films allll night!

and many more 16mm as well as a few 8mm films too!
Early 1900’s and some 1800’s
Stereviews and Mutoscope cards!

And a special mentalist show by
The Great Swami !!

A perfect date night or come meet someone new!
There will be refreshments
and you can order food from Spice,
the popular restaurant on our ground floor
They will deliver food just for us!

You can request particular items from their collection to be shown at the event:

Go on our website, see an item
email me dennydanielx@gmail.com
And I Will Bring It For You!


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