"Secret Cinema": Vintage NYC Documentaries -- Presented By International House Philadelphia

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Ibrahim Theater, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Local (and late) punk rock legend Mikey Wild declared “I hate New York” on his lone 45 recording, but most Philadelphians enjoy their proximity to that storied metropolis to the North, which effectively places us only hours away from the Capital of the World. With that in mind, Secret Cinema presents two rarely seen documentaries about New York.

Though made in very different eras, both reveal a city quite unlike the glamorous, post-Sex and the City, scrubbed-up New York of today. Each offers an unabashed celebration of the “only one New York,” a city whose unique qualities and diversity continue to somehow survive.

George Plimpton’s New York
dir. John McGreevey, Canada, 1978, 16mm, 50 mins, color

George Plimpton’s New York was one episode of the unusual Canadian public television series Cities, which also included John Huston’s Dublin, Anthony Burgess’ Rome, and the award-winning Glenn Gould’s Toronto.

Only One New York
dir. Pierre Dominique Gaisseau, US ,1964, 16mm, 72 mins, b/w

“The kind of love poem that only a non-New Yorker could have composed, a beautiful fresh-eyed movie that only a master documentarian could have made.” – Judith Crist, New York Herald Tribune


  • $5 -- IHP Members
  • $7 -- Students and Seniors
  • $9 -- General Admission
Event Type: 
Arts & Culture
Global Region: 
American (United States)