At Sundown A Spectacle – ‘Broadway By Light’

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Broadway By Light – William Klein’s groundbreaking 1958 short, considered to be the ‘first pop film.’

Each evening, in the centre of New York, an artificial day rises. Its purpose is to announce spectacles, sell products, and the producers of these adverts would be amazed to know that the most fascinating spectacle, the most precious product made by them, is the very street transformed by their signs. [Preface translation]

An experimental meditation on Times Square marquees and iconic advertising, [William] Klein’s first film captures the concurrently seedy and dazzling aspects of New York’s Great White Way. Illustrative of Klein’s transition from photographer to filmmaker, Broadway by Light was declared by Orson Welles to be ‘the first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary.’

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