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The famous high-rise at 666 Fifth Avenue, designed by Carson & Lundin and completed in 1957, is the focus of Skyscraper, a short film that celebrates the modern construction materials of steel, glass, and concrete while gently mocking New York’s stately stone facades. Though seemingly indifferent to the preservation of New York’s past, the film’s makers (among them Shirley Clarke, Willard Van Dyke, Irving Jacoby, and D. A. Pennebaker) crafted a distinctive record of Midtown Manhattan at midcentury, while construction workers—the film’s real heroes—narrate in their wisecracking fashion to Teo Macero’s breezy jazz score. Skyscraper received an Academy Award nomination. (1960, 20 minutes)