Stations of the Elevated

Stations of the Elevated

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Stations of the Elevated (1981) is a 45-minute city symphony directed, produced and edited by Manfred Kirchheimer. Shot on lush 16mm color reversal stock, the film weaves together vivid images of graffiti- covered elevated subway trains crisscrossing the gritty urban landscape of 1970s New York, to a commentary-free soundtrack that combines ambient city noise with jazz and gospel by Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin. Gliding through the South Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan – making a rural detour past a correctional facility upstate –Stations of the Elevatedis an impressionistic portrait of and tribute to a New York that has long since disappeared.

SPECIAL DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:

Limited edition - only 500 made available

Disc One:

  • New interview with director Manfred (Manny) Kirchheimer 
  • Writer’s Bench– new video discussion about graffiti in the film with artist Lee Quinones (Lee) and artist/historian David (Chino) Villorente 
  • Stations Locations – video update 
  • Film Treatment and Script Notes (downloadable PDF)
  • Old Timers Day at 5Pointz – artists come together to paint a legendary wall
  • A Brief History of Manfred Kirchheimer – short video by one of Kirchheimer’s many students 

 Disc Two:

  • THE NEW YORK FILMS – COLOSSUS ON THE RIVER (1965), CLAW (1968), SHORT CIRCUIT (1973), BRIDGE HIGH (1975)
  • New interviews with director Kirchheimer about each short film
Purchase of PPR permits screening in a classroom or library or to a public group of less than 50 people when no admission is charged. If admission is charged or if the group is more than 50 people, please contact Oscilloscope Laboratories to arrange a commercial film booking.
To inquire about streaming rights please contact ppr@oscilloscope.net.