“By the early 1970s, New York’s reign as a television and filmmaking capital seemed to be over. What a difference a few decades make. In Scenes From the City, James Sanders masterfully revises and expands his original book...In his chronological, lavishly illustrated backstage tour, Mr. Sanders, an architect and filmmaker himself, details how assiduously Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and his predecessors wooed Hollywood...and reaped... an intangible reward: the 'power to convert the daily reality of the city into a magical transcendent realm.'" –The New York Times
“…this book captures stories and images of one of the world’s most filmed and most cinematic cities – New York. The locale is presented in all its iconic glory through landmark location films, beginning from the forties to the present. Rare and unusual photographs are accompanied by the commentary of actors, directors and other filmmakers. This film history is a great reminder of the force of landscape as a character in the history of cinema.” –Malibu Times
"From the cinema verite of the 1960s to softer fare, New York has provided some of film's most famous moments. 'Scenes' captures the current work of directors as diverse as Martin Scorcese and Spike Lee." -Publishers Weekly
James Sanders, an architect, co-wrote the Emmy Award-winning PBS series New York: A Documentary Film and its companion volume, New York: An Illustrated History, as well as Celluloid Skyline: New York and the Movies. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair and Architectural Record. He has also participated in several important design projects in and around the city.
Loved learning about the films that were made in NYC. Bought the book for my friend and my son, both enjoyed it.Published 21 months ago by joan abramowitz
I was born and raised in NYC and this book is great to see the City from the filmmaker's point of view. I have read it over and over again.Published on January 22, 2013 by Leslie H. Speiser
I am very pleased with this purchase. It is a great coffee table book, and also a great gift!Published on January 15, 2007 by Debbie
Really nice coffee table book. Gave this as a gift to a New Yorker living out-of-state and she loves looking back through the memories and familiar places.Published on January 9, 2007 by K. Lopatowski