NYC | 1911

This movie moved me to my core. I can't believe how pristine and clear everything is. What really struck me is the fact that every living creature in this video (dogs, horses, women, men, children) are dead now. That they lived rich and full lives. That the children and babies in the footage went on to have careers, pets, overseas vacations, children, and grandchildren. That they remember the first time they flew in an airplane, they remember when JFK was killed. They fought in massive worldwide wars. Stories on stories on stories. 

What strikes me also is how some of the people seem to be happy and others not so much. How a seemingly rich family is stone-faced, while less prestigious peoples are all smiles is worth noting. Wealth, status, station in life - all of these things seperate us, but one thing unifies us, and that is the grave. 

Nearly everything about these people's lives is now forgotten. And soon enough, mine life will be forgotten also. I only hope that I can be one of the happy ones. 

MoMA’s restoration of New York 1911 is derived from the original nitrate print of the film.

MoMA’s restoration of New York 1911 is derived from the original nitrate print of the film.