The Upper West Side

goes to Hollywood!

Ghostbusters (1984). For the film's major setting, the production designer adapted the landmarked 55 Central Park West by adding several stories and a new roof.
Celluloid Skyline:  

"A marvelous--miraculous--book."

~Jane Jacobs


Author and architect James Sanders will present 70 rare and unusual studio production stills and frame enlargements to show the UWS as it has appeared in feature films in the postwar era, including  The Apartment (1960), West Side Story (1961),  Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Up the Sandbox (1972), Annie Hall (1976), The Pick-up Artist (1986), and You've Got Mail (1997).  Among other images, we will see the original scouting shots for The Apartment, photographed on West 69th Street in 1959 for use in recreating the block at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Using these films and others, Mr. Sanders will trace the sweep of the astonishing    physical, social, and cultural transformations of the area from the late 1950s to today. 




"Drawing on exhaustive scholarship from wide-ranging sources, Sanders' unique contribution is showing us through an architect's lens how various social and cinematic developments merge... Clearly a labor of love, Celluloid Skyline helps you see both the city and the movies anew." - Francine Russo, Village Voice      


James Sanders, AIA, is the author of Celluloid Skyline (2002), an architect, and the co-writer with Ric Burns of the 8-part PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, which received an Emmy Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award.         

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 6:00PM

Slide Lecture and Book Signing

Q&A to follow

 Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

35 West 67th Street, 2nd Floor  




Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance

Call 212-496-8110 or email [email protected].