worth noting: Nice nighttime aerial shots of Detroit in the beginning.
• 3:08:72- 3:17:45 Aerial view of complex highway system (comprised largely of overpasses and underpasses). Cars occupy every part of the system.
• 5:22:52- 5:45:47 Camera starts with view of a downtown street where a bus and some cars go by. It then pans up a tall, wide office building—a hideous early sixties structure. Cut to a frontal view of the building.
• 5:46:04- 5:56:38 Excellent pan of a "modern," urban school situated near large office buildings. Children walk by the single level structure.
• 6:10:81- 6:27:49 Driving POV through several affluent Detroit residential neighborhoods.
• 10:10:79- 10:18:20 Pan of Wayne State University's(?) enormous, brown hospital and the road beside it. It looks like a prison.
• 10:59:98- 11:14:50 Montage of crowds walking on downtown side walks. Mostly white people but some African-Americans.
• 13:01:59- 13:11:34 Aerial pan of "Detroit industry"—billowing smoke pollutes the air. This looks like an enormous industrial plant of some kind. It lies by the river.
• 13:12:42- 13:45:35 Montage of Detroit's industry. Start with an image of a parking lot outside of an auto plant, cut to excellent image of cars going towards the Chrysler plant (there's a huge CHRYSLER sign), cut to a view of the General Motors building (nice sign on the top of the building), cut to quick pan of an industrial plant, cut to several images of slicker, cleaner industrial buildings, cut to several shots of industrial warehouses, and finally cut to the Ford building.
• 14:06:22- 14:26:59 A car passes a sign for the Metropolitan Beach. Cut to an image of the beach, and then to an several overviews of many people on it.
• 14:27:71- 14:35:11 Nice view (from behind the front seat of a convertible where three people sit) of the entrance for the Detroit Zoo. We approach the large entrance where there are information booths.
• 14:55:73- 15:03:65 Excellent image of crowds of children playing in a public swimming pool. The camera pulls back to offer a wider view —African-American children cluster together towards the front of the poll.
March 21, 2016 Subject:
Detroit: It's many secrets..
In this curious film, dating to 1965, Detroit is shown to be the cosmopolitan center of the universe, yet burying it's many secrets in a whirlwind of curious information. Narrated (badly) by the mayor at the time, we are introduced to him as he's sitting at his desk, seriously figuring out what fo do with his hands as he's talking. He narrates the piece so blandly and boringly that it's hard to get caught up into what he is saying. May aspects of the city is covered, hammering down time and time again how 'modern' it is and the 'newness' of everything. Also covered, it's implication that it's a city of great racial and melting pot harmony, while it's great curiousity is, even though Detroit has one of the most highest density of black people in the country, yet there's not a black person to be found in the film. What kind of harmony is that?