Nan Goldin Selects:
Broadway by Light + Street
Director: William Klein / Jamie Nares
USA / 1958 / 2011 / 12 min / 61 min
After releasing his brilliant collection of street photography Life Is Good & Good for You in New York, the groundbreaking photographer William Klein embarked on his first experiment in cinema: a gorgeous abstract collage of the neon signs, ads, and marquees of NYC’s Time Square. Broadway by Light, which Klein considers to be the “first Pop film,” will be followed by Street, in which artist Jamie Nares also pays beautiful homage to New York. Condensing a week’s worth of footage capturing pedestrians on the streets of Manhattan to one hour with the magic of slow-motion (and editing), and scored by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Street shows a hypnotically calm NYC, one in which inhabitants were able to more comfortably bask in the closeness of others. “My intention was to give the dreamlike impression of floating through a city full of people frozen in time, caught Pompeii-like, at a particular moment of thought, expression, or activity… a film to be viewed 100 years from now,” said Nares.