A BRONX MORNING – 1931 Avant Garde “City Symphony” Film by Jay Leyda

by Red Cell

A Bronx Morning by American filmmaker Jay Leyda (1910–1988)

“Described as “city symphony”, the eleven-minute European style film recorded a Bronx street in New York City before it is crowded with traffic. Largely unnoticed in the United States, on the strength of this film Leyda was invited to study with Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, the only American to do so.

In 2004, A Bronx Morning was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

The film was funded with the proceeds of a sale of a wooden figurine of Henry Ward Beecher, which Leyda had originally found in a junk shop, to a representative of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.”

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