I went last week to William Kein + Daido Moriyama’s exhibition at the Tate Modern in London, and saw Klein’s wonderful short film ‘Broadway by Light‘ from 1958, a portrait of New York – neon lights, colour and jazz. I was struck by the fast paced editing and perfect dynamics of image and music in this film.
I especially liked the part where the film depicts the workmen preparing the cinema signs, turning them into a typographic game, cut-up sentences with obscure meanings, a sort of large scale scrabble.
It reminded me of Rialto, an art house cinema in Amsterdam.
Its facade redesigned in 2006 as homage to those cinema signs of the past- great!