My response to the film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte, a study of New York City’s plaza engagement and usage that was commissioned in the late 70’s.
Mean Streets (for Paul Sharits)
Dialog and music were edited out of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, leaving a 13 minute cut in which only foley and environmental sound is heard. The colors in the individual frames were averaged together into monochrome flashes, creating a flicker film in which the gritty sounds of 70’s New York City remain. Dedicated to Paul Sharits.