| The first is a real city,
an urban agglomeration of millions. The second is a mythic city, so
rich in memory and association and sense of place that to people everywhere
it has come to seem real: the New York of such films such as 42nd
Street, Rear Window, King Kong, Dead End,
The Naked City, Ghostbusters, Annie Hall,
Taxi Driver, and Do the Right Thing. A dream city
of the imagination, born of that most pervasive of dream media, the
Based on the award-winning book
by the architect James
Sanders, the Celluloid Skyline website
is a multimedia exploration of cities, film, and architecture. It
is based on the premise that the mythic city of “movie New York,”
which has entertained and excited audiences around the world for generations,
is also something more: an extraordinary urban resource, with profound
lessons about the design and use of cities.
of the Dream City, a special interactive feature created for
the site, provides an innovative way to explore the shape and meaning
of the urban landscape, using a series of extraordinary reference
photographs taken by Hollywood crews across the 20th century.
Dream City, another special feature, offers a gallery of rare
and unusual production drawings of movie New York from the legendary
RKO art department.
a third special feature, offers an interactive database with links
to fifty-five early “actuality” films, shot on the streets
of New York City from 1896 to 1906, which can be downloaded from
Library of Congress’s Paper Print Collection.