Broadway by Light (1958)

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Broadway by Light is an experimental film featuring New York City’s Times Square marquees and iconic advertising, This was William Klein’s first film and dazzlingly captures the darkness and excitement of Broadway. According to film legend, Orson Welles, this is “the first film I’ve seen in which color was absolutely necessary.” That is a bold statement, from a man who knew how to make bold statements.

I find it hypnotic to watch and have so since catching it on some local PBS station in the early 1990s, but don’t take my word for it. Give it a look and judge for yourself.

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