Prismatic and distorted, Francis Thompson shot the vibrant fractured images with a Kodak Cine-Special camera specially rigged with "secret" mirrors, kaleidoscopes and even reflective car hubcaps. His objective was to create "a complete and carefully integrated film using precisely controlled camera distortion in a dramatically unfolding structure." The experience remains an exquisite time capsule that not only documents Manhattan during the 1950s but also, in the words of the New York Times, proffers "one of the few genuine masterpieces" of the burgeoning experimental film movement in the United States. - Bruce Posner
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