Tuesday, June 14, 2005

NYC Reflected


Blogger Shepcat said...

OK, I give up. Which building is this? I was getting a very strong Saul-Bass-opening-title-sequence vibe off this photo, so I popped in my North by Northwest DVD. There's a grid of beams that stands out in your photo that isn't apparent in the movie (Hitchcock shot from a higher angle to reflect street traffic, as opposed to your lovely cityscape), otherwise it looks almost like it could be the same building. (Not that there couldn't be a dozen or so just like it in Manhattan…)

June 19, 2005 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger A said...

You're a fanatic. I don't know the proper name of the building, only that it's on the corner of 6th Ave. and W. 42nd St., next to that crazy sloping W.R. Grace 'scraper right on Bryant Park. (I took that pic out the window of a moving bus. Find a better overall camera than my digital Olympus and I'll eat raw seagull.)

I'm thinking it's not the same building only because, like you say, you can see the moving traffic in multiple lanes instead of a grassy interlude... but then, I have no NYC timeline. I don't know when they put Bryant Park there; If I wasn't so lazy I'd Google it. Instead I'm going to rent NxNW because I watched a clip of the credits online and I'm intrigued by the score alone.

I wonder if they still print that Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine? I got it for a few years when I was little and loved it. Another thing to Google. Remind me.

June 19, 2005 at 7:27 PM  
Blogger Shepcat said...

If you get hooked on Bernard Herrmann's score, Rhino has released an excellent 50-track, 70+-minute soundtrack recording that is essentially the entire movie in music form. I'm also fond of Herrmann's Vertigo score, and Danny Elfman's 1998 adaptation of Psycho is also quite wonderful (and the only possible good to have come from Gus Van Sant's regrettable shot-for-shot remake).

June 20, 2005 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stories, Stories, and more Stories ... Such a fun adventure I fell left out

June 23, 2005 at 12:47 AM  

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