Fascinating black and white photos show what life was like in 70s and 80s Boston
These photos bring me back to a simpler, more bucolic time before the Internet, and the cell phone connected us to everyone in the world at all times. Today, if my someone calls my phone, my cell will ring pretty much wherever I am in the world. I am not sure this is an improvement.
For an even more fascinating look back in time, the film The Naked City is an incredible time capsule looking back to the period just before the television irrevocably changed American culture.
This was not a film made on a Hollywood film studio, it was actually filmed in New York, from hidden camera trucks with the actors working unknown among the real people of the city.
The Naked City (1948)
"Watching the film today the audience is now a historical voyeur. I nearly choked at a shot showing children casually playing on the walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s also singled out by Polan, Sanders, and Sante—the vision is a far cry from the dirty industrial thoroughfare of today. Sanders says that the film captures what was “virtually the last year of existence” of an active social street life, particularly as photographed on the Lower East Side, that was soon distracted by the insular pleasures of television. New York instead chose watch to itself on I Love Lucy, The Goldbergs, and the spin-off of The Naked City.
The narrator says, “This is the city as it is.” The Naked City was not a big critical or commercial success at the time of its release. It received some reevaluation by critics in the context of the film noir and crime movie genres in which Dassin worked. It has and will continue to further shift and morph in audience perception, rooted and clinging to its place and time. Sanders says that what was then considered a graphic depiction of street life now looks like an affectionate paean to an orderly and vibrant community. Sante says, “Such things are now vanished and thus exotic.'"