Subtitled "A Camera Impression of New York," TWENTY-FOUR-DOLLAR ISLAND is Robert Flaherty's city-symphony tribute to the Big Apple just in time for the tricentennial of its proverbial purchase by Peter Minuit. Made three years after Flaherty's more famous NANOOK OF THE NORTH, ISLAND quickly runs through New York City's largely apocryphal origins (Minuit's sixty-guilder acquisition of Manhattan Island from the Canarsee Indians has long been valued at $24.00 USD though recent scholarship has readjusted this to have a four-figure purchasing power) before shifting to the art-deco beauty of the city circa 1925 (including scenes of men-at-work building another addition to New York's now-iconic skyline). Of particular note are smoky shots of the famous pyramid atop a then thirteen-year-old Bankers Trust Company Building. - Tom Fritsche
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