Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Beautiful 16mm short from Helen Lewitt, James Agee & Ed Howard 1948 titled "IN THE STREET".

In the Street is a 16-minute documentary film released in 1948 and again in 1952.[1] The black and white, silent film was shot in the mid-1940s in the Spanish Harlem section of New York CityHelen Levitt, Janice Loeb, and James Agee were the cinematographers; they used small, hidden 16 mm film cameras to record street life, especially of children.[2] Levitt edited the film and, subsequent to its first release, added a piano soundtrack composed and performed by Arthur Kleiner.[3][4]
The film is generally considered as an extension of Levitt's (now famed) street photography in New York City, and Levitt subsequently re-used the title, In the Street, for a volume reproducing her photographs.[3][5] Loeb was a painter and photographer. James Agee was a noted writer; both Loeb and Agee subsequently collaborated with Levitt on a second film, The Quiet One (1948).

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