1961-1970Christian BlackwoodDocumentaryGermany

Christian Blackwood – Summer in the City (1970)

The distinguished German writer Uwe Johnson (1934-1984) lived for several years in the 1960s on Manhattan’s Upper Westside. His publisher, Harcourt Brace, had hired him as a textbook editor for their German-language school book editions, which allowed him to stay in New York and also tend to his own writing. In his spare time he got to know his neighborhood very well, observing the goings on in the streets, cafeterias, and parks. In 1968 German Television agreed to coproduce a film with us in which Uwe Johnson would, on-camera, introduce and question the various characters with whom he exchanges news and opinions on his wanderings on the Upper West Side. We proposed to him that he participate in the documentary. Being essentially introverted he was not interested in the on-camera concept, but was willing to make a list of places and situations that he felt should be included in the film. Christian Blackwood took charge of the project. Johnson wrote the narration once the film was edited. It was broadcast in Germany at the time.

DVD Source: Michael Blackwood Productions, R1, DVD5
DVD Format: NTSC
DVD Audio: English/German AC3 2.0
Program: DVD Decrypter
Menus: Untouched (none on disc)
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: Untouched (none on disc)


Language:English with German narration
Subtitles:English (hardsubs for narration only)

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