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Celluloid Skyline: New York And The Movies
Written by TCM PR Release   

On the Waterfront, On the Town, Manhattan and the biggest one of all, King Kong: These are just a few of the many classic films that have brought the Big Apple to the big screen   This May, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), the television home of classic cinema, will team up with Time Warner Cable for CELLULOID SKYLINE: NEW YORK AND THE MOVIES, a spectacular multi-media exhibit that will bring to life the glittering cinematic metropolis of "movie New York."

The free, four-week exhibit, based on James Sanders' award-winning book of the same name, is slated to open in Vanderbilt Hall at New York's Grand Central Terminal Friday, May 25.  The exhibit will run through June and will be complemented throughout the month on TCM and TCM On Demand with a festival of such movies as Moonstruck (1987), Hannah and her Sisters (1986), King Kong (1933), On the Waterfront (1954), Guys and Dolls (1955) On the Town (1949), all set in "the city that never sleeps."

"From the steel and concrete skyscrapers reaching towards the clouds to the glow of Broadway lights, from the gritty setting of a subway car to the grand lady standing in the harbor, New York is a truly magical place, and nowhere is that magic captured better than in the works of some of our finest filmmakers," said Sanders. "This is not a conventional museum-style exhibit, but rather a vast, immersive, magical environment that allows people to walk into the €˜movie New York' of their dreams."

The CELLULOID SKYLINE exhibit will combine immense urban views with digitally projected film clips and dramatic enlargements of more than 160 rare and unusual production stills. The imaginative displays planned for the exhibit will capture the epic relationship between the real New York and its cinematic portrayal over the decades, beginning with the American film industry's origins on the sidewalks of Manhattan more than a century ago. It will also look at the cinematic New York practically invented just for movies during Hollywood's Golden Age in the €˜30s and €˜40s, as well as the more realistic vision provided by location shoots in the actual city from the late 1940s to the present.

Adding to the unique attraction of this exhibit will be six "scenic backing" paintings used in such films as Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest and Vincente Minnelli's The Clock. These gigantic, meticulously rendered cityscapes, some more than 25 feet high and 60 feet long, have never been exhibited for the general public.

TCM will supplement the exhibit with a June celebration of New York in the movies, featuring specially chosen movies on the network throughout the month, short interstitial pieces (some featuring author James Sanders) and additional films available through TCM On Demand on Time Warner Cable. TCM will also promote the month-long celebration of the Big Apple's cinematic profile through TCM.com and TCM's monthly Now Playing guide.

Sanders' book Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies, published by Alfred A. Knopf, is a tale of two cities, both called New York. The first is a real city, an urban agglomeration of millions. The second is a mythic city seen only in the movies, a city so rich in memory, association and sense of place that to people everywhere, it has come to seem like the real New York. Lavishly illustrated with scores of production images culled from the author's decade-long research in studio archives and private collections, the book offers a new way to see America's greatest metropolis in a completely new light.

Sanders, an architect, co-wrote (with Ric Burns) the eight-part, Emmy-winning PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, as well as its companion volume (with Burns and Lisa Ades), New York: An Illustrated History. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair and Architectural Record and recently co-wrote (with Burns) the critically acclaimed four-hour PBS documentary on the life and work of Andy Warhol. He has also produced exhibitions on New York housing and the urban heritage of 42nd Street and in 2006 received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research in the experience of cities. As a designer and architect, he has completed projects for the Port Authority, the Parks Council, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and other civic groups and commercial clients in New York, New Jersey, and California.

Turner Classic Movies, currently seen in more than 75 million homes, is a 24-hour cable network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. TCM presents the greatest motion pictures of all time from the largest film library in the world, the combined TimeWarner and Turner film libraries, from the €˜20s through the €˜90s, commercial-free and without interruption.   The network also offers critically acclaimed original documentaries and specials, including the recent Emmy-winning Stardust: The Bette Davis Story and Steve McQueen: The Essence of Cool. On the slate for 2007 are such original productions as Private Screenings: Jane Fonda, Brando and Spielberg on Spielberg, among others. Please visit tcm.com for more information.

 



                       

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