Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Bridges-Go-Round

More bridges... My previous post about Sonny Rollins and the Williamsburg Bridge reminded me of Shirley Clarke's 1958 film Bridges-Go-Round which features 4mins of tinted shots of Manhattan's bridges superimposed on top of one another and meshing with the city skyline to create new and unreal landscapes. Visuals aside the film features an interesting musical soundtrack(s) - two of the them in fact - originally the film was accompanied by an electronic score by Louis and Bebe Barron, which sounds awfully like a cue from Forbidden Planet. The film was also issued with a jazz flavored score by the great composer and producer Teo Macero (possibly to avoid a law suit by MGM I suspect). The film can be found on the 2-disc anthology Treasures IV: American Avant-Garde Film, 1947-1986 (with the option to watch the film with either score), or can be watched on youtube where some thoughtful soul has uploaded both editions of the film back to back with their individual scores.


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