New York City: The Most (1968)

Genres - Travel  |   Sub-Genres - Guided Travel  |   Run Time - 50 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This color documentary finds New York City-mayor John Lindsay being driven East side, West side and all around the town by a fictitious cab driver (Eli Wallach). The cultural diversity of the city is illustrated in religious ceremonies, art galleries, city parks and even the subway system. From St. Patrick's Cathedral to a Harlem Baptist revival choir and Jewish synagogues, the city is host to a myriad of religious faiths. Financed by the New York Times, Lindsay and Wallach engage in delightful observations of the city, even commenting on the sleazy exterior of a degenerating Times Square. The film, although a blatant, self-serving blast of tourist-come-hither propaganda, is as vibrant and entertaining as the city itself.