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Film, Video In the Street

About this Item


  • In the Street


  • Agee, James
  • Loeb, Janice
  • Levitt, Helen

Created / Published

  • 1948


  • -  Experimental films


  • Experimental films


  • -  Summary: Silent with music by Arthur Kleiner. "In the Street: b/w (1940s; SILENT) an urban documentary focusing on the children of New York City's Upper East Side capturing New York's street energy with scenes of candid social interaction; children playing adults, dancing around, fighting, playing rough games hitting each other, making neighboring adults upset for rowdiness, wearing masks on Halloween, etc.--good shots of Puerto Rican ghettos--good shots of black ghettos and Italian ghettos--women observe the world from their tenements windows--young girls nervously await their dates--bored woman looking down window while smoking--idly unemployed men on porch--black father walking down street holding hands of his children--elderly man defends young child being hit by older boys--children playing in junkyard w/ bottles, cardboard and other trash items--boys cry after playing rough and hurting each other--children enjoying water from open fire hydrant--woman in mink coat waiting for date underneath the subway train overpass--boy jumps on the back bumper of passing car--black children smiling posing for camera--short artistic documentary show the youthful spirit of people of Spanish Harlem-poverty scenes overcome by the exuberence of the children and adults-from Helen Levitt and James Agee (filmed in 1940s-released in 1953)" -- Summary per J. Fred MacDonald's films inventory
  • -  Credits: Music: Arthur Kleiner


  • Film, Video

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Mavis identifier: 1863585

Source Collection

  • Macdonald (J. Fred And Leslie W.) Collection (Library Of Congress)


  • Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Agee, James, Janice Loeb, and Helen Levitt. In the Street. 1948. Video.

APA citation style:

Agee, J., Loeb, J. & Levitt, H. (1948) In the Street. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Agee, James, Janice Loeb, and Helen Levitt. In the Street. 1948. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.