|New York City, c1908
For me, these vintage films represent the world of the early western writers, such as Owen Wister, whose novel The Virginian was published in 1902. All but one of them were shot in England, and they illustrate the congested urban landscape that western writers typically dismissed as “civilization.”
If you have time for only a couple of these, skip down to “Blackfriars Bridge,” and then follow it with “London Bridge,” which was shot in modern-day London using a 100-year-old hand-cranked 35mm camera. The differences and similarities between them are fascinating.
London Bridge (outtake from documentary, Londoners, 2012, using 100-year-old hand-cranked 35mm camera)
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Flat Iron Building, New York City, Colin Power Cooper, Wikimedia Commons