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Cage: 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs / Gillespie, Friedman, Caprioglio [DVD]

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>Cage, John : 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
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'49 Waltzes for the 5 Boroughs' was Originally created as an invitation by Rolling Stone magazine in 1977, as part of a gala issue celebrating the magazine’s recent move from San Francisco to New York, which featured literary and art contributions honoring its new home. Cage constructed his "waltzes" as a series of 49 multi-colored triangles superimposed on the Hagstrom map of New York City, each point derived by the use of chance operations. The finished composition is a design of singular beauty. Wanting to celebrate Cage’s memory, Don Gillespie (who worked with Cage at his publisher, C.F. Peters) decided to collect the sights and sounds from all the locations specified in 49 Waltzes. This ambitious project of filming Cage’s 147 specific locations in New York’s five boroughs took a year to complete (1994-1995). It is a film whose subject is the unintentional music made by people, birds, planes, automobiles, police and fire sirens, and countless other debris of sounds. Tidbits of hectic Manhattan contrast with glimpses of quiet outer borough streets, parks and cemeteries.

Originally created as an invitation by Rolling Stone magazine in 1977, as part of a gala issue celebrating the magazine's move from San Francisco to New York, which featured literary and art contributors honoring its new home. Cage constructed his waltzes as a series of 49 multi-colored triangles superimposed on the Hagstrom map of New York City, each point derived by the use of chance operations. Wanting to celebrate Cage's memory, Don Gillespie decided to collect the sights and sounds from the locations specified in "49 Waltzes." This ambitious project of filming Cage's 147 specific locations in New York's five boroughs took one year to complete.

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Run Time: 122 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby 2.0,



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>Cage, John : 49 Waltzes for the Five Boroughs
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977
  • Studio/Live: Live