1971 / 11 min / Mono
Directed by Standish Lawder
Music by Jean Sibelius
Rush hour commuters were filmed riding an escalator down into New York’s Grand Central Station. The footage was then reversed and paired with a haunting piece by Sibelius to suggest an endless line of souls slowly ascending to heaven.
It’s surprisingly captivating for such a simple idea, but people watching is always interesting to me. This film is also a great time capsule of late ’60s fashions. Stick around for the end credits, which are a nice added touch. A necrology is a list of the dead, and Lawder assigns made-up names and roles to all of “the cast.”