This is a History of New York (The Golden Dark Age of Reason)

Director Jem Cohen / 1988 / USA

A "history" of New York City from Prehistoric Times through the Space Age, illustrated entirely with documentary street footage.

The filmmaker made a wide-ranging study of radically different worlds within the five boroughs. Divided into seven sections, the film/video concentrates on the interraction between street life and architecture. The Prehistoric Period, for example, was filmed largely around abandoned waterfronts of Brooklyn: Tlie Age of Reason captures a Wall Street perched ominously before the '87 crash...

While the filmmaker's intent was to make an accessible street document, on a broader level the film inquires if the so-called Great Ages of Man might not co-exist here and now, before our very eyes.

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