A New York without people.
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A show about Nothing (SLVimeo)
posted by griphus (19 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
this loneliness is making me thirsty
posted by Greg Nog at 5:41 PM on March 12, 2014 [8 favorites]

Obviously Seinfeld is just a more modern adaptation of The Mouse That Roared.
posted by zachlipton at 5:45 PM on March 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

At first I was thinking this would be a demo of using computer vision techniques to subtract people from videos of New York, and thus giving you the impossible-in-real-life experience of walking around the city during the day and have it bet totally empty.
posted by heathkit at 5:46 PM on March 12, 2014 [3 favorites]

heathkit, I had the exact same thought
posted by kuatto at 5:49 PM on March 12, 2014

The opening of Vanilla Sky is exactly that!
posted by griphus at 5:52 PM on March 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

I thought the magazine was leaving the city...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 5:52 PM on March 12, 2014

Neat. It was very peaceful.
posted by clockzero at 6:13 PM on March 12, 2014

It was an intense study of urban architecture. I was moved.
posted by arcticseal at 6:13 PM on March 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

articseal--i don't know if you're being deadpan or sarcastic, but if you were, I totally agree,

I was not impressed with the supercut. After hearing it described as "poignant" and "bleak" shots of empty places, I was expecting something more moving than several minutes of long exterior shots of the upper floors of mid- and high-rises, followed by 90 seconds of really quick shots of rooms (or close ups of props) without people in them.
posted by crush-onastick at 6:24 PM on March 12, 2014

Even in a world devoid of people I can't get away from the ambient bass riffs.
posted by invitapriore at 6:32 PM on March 12, 2014 [3 favorites]

Because of this thread I tried dubbing the Seinfeld theme over the Vanilla Sky opening and it is mildly hilarious.
posted by oulipian at 6:45 PM on March 12, 2014 [6 favorites]

In the apocalypse all that remains is scatting buildings.
posted by codacorolla at 6:54 PM on March 12, 2014

Oulipian - try dubbing it to I Am Legend also.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 7:05 PM on March 12, 2014

I watched this last night or the night before, and I thought it was interesting as a composition mostly for the structure: first bass riffs, almost making a cut-up jazz-funk thing out of the soundtrack, then just laughter, then just...silence.

The downward arc in the energy of the audio created a sense of narrative movement in what's otherwise just a set of heavily repetitive, almost entirely static shots. You could read it as echoing the fading of a joke, the way that laughter dies off, chuckles stumbling to a stop.

Say what you will about the merits in general of making a collection of personless moments from Seinfeld: this seemed like one of the more interesting and thoughtful directions to go with it.
posted by cortex at 7:07 PM on March 12, 2014 [4 favorites]

oulipian you made me seek out my favorite thing ever but now it's gone, boo hoo hoo
posted by invitapriore at 7:07 PM on March 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

The multiple shots of upended phones reinforces the feeling that everyone dropped what they were doing and hauled ass out of the city before the bombs dropped.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 7:35 PM on March 12, 2014

It sort of reminds me of the end of Holy Motors, where the limos are talking to each other.
posted by codacorolla at 7:38 PM on March 12, 2014

And "Jerry's apartment building exterior" is actually in LA, so there's even less here than meets the eye ... if that's possible.
posted by pmurray63 at 8:16 PM on March 12, 2014

I haven't heard so much slap bass since last time I dropped acid with Flea.
posted by peeedro at 9:27 PM on March 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

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