Big thanks to Peteski over at This Isn't Happiness for tipping me to this incredible art film/documentary. Released by Chantal Akerman in 1977, the entire 90 minute film consists of long, slow shots of various scenes & locations in Manhattan while the voice over (Akerman), in French, reads letters from home that she received between 1971 and 1973. The colors & photography are just mouthwatering. And look how quiet & empty the streets are.
If you're interested, you may want to watch this now as who knows how long it will be remain on YouTube? The film can be found on this DVD collection of Akerman's work from the 1970's.
(If you're reading this in an email, click the headline to see the film on the blog.)