Celluloid Skyline

Celluloid Skyline : New York and the Movies

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This is a tale of two cities, both called 'New York'. The first is a real city, an urban agglomeration of millions. The second is a mythic city, so rich in memory and association and sense of place that to people everywhere it has come to seem real: the New York of films such as "42nd Street", "Rear Window", "King Kong", "Dead End", "The Naked City", "Ghostbusters", "Annie Hall", "Taxi Driver", and "Do the Right Thing". The dream city of the movies - created by more than a century of films, since the very dawn of the medium itself - may hold the secret to the glamour of its real counterpart. Here are the cocktail parties and power lunches, the subway chases and opening nights, the playground rumbles and observation-deck romances. Here is an invented Gotham, a place designed specifically for action, drama, and adventure, a city of bright avenues and mysterious sidestreets, of soaring towers and intimate corners, where remarkable people do exciting, amusing, romantic, scary things.
Sanders takes the reader from the tenement to the penthouse, from New York to Hollywood and back again, from 1896 to the present, all the while showing how the real and mythic cities reflected, changed, and taught each other.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 512 pages
  • 204 x 255mm | 1,669g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747559791
  • 9780747559795
  • 2,327,134

About James Sanders

James Sanders, an architect, is the co-writer with Ric Burns of the 7-part Emmy-award-winning TV series New York: A Documentary Film and co-author of the companion volume, New York: An Illustrated History. He has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair and Interiors, and has produced exhibitions on New York architecture.
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'Sanders' great work causes us to think afresh not just about his particular subject but also about the whole vast movie enterprise' Los Angeles Times
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