A New York Minute

A New York Minute

2 Episodes

Structural-film pioneer Hollis Frampton thrills the eye with his experimental tour-de-force SURFACE TENSION, in which a clock spins at warp-speed, a goldfish swims against the screen, and a tour of lower Manhattan—from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park—rushes by in a head-spinning blur. Meanwhile, another singular cinematic innovator, Chantal Akerman, slows down for a contemplative reflection on the passage of time and the landscapes of seventies New York in her sublime NEWS FROM HOME, a hypnotic city symphony that captures what it means to be an outsider with piercing poignancy.

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A New York Minute
  • Surface Tension

    Episode 1

    Directed by Hollis Frampton • 1968 • United States

    A film in three parts: a man talking while a telephone rings, a walking tour of New York, and a goldfish swimming.

  • News from Home

    Episode 2

    Directed by Chantal Akerman • 1976 • United States

    Letters from Chantal Akerman's mother are read over a series of elegantly composed shots of 1976 New York, where our (unseen) filmmaker and protagonist has relocated. Akerman's unforgettable time capsule of the city is also a gorgeous meditati...