A Bronx Morning

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A Bronx Morning
A Bronx Morning.jpg
Directed byJay Leyda
Release date
  • 1931 (1931)
Running time
11 minutes
CountryUnited States
A Bronx Morning

A Bronx Morning is a 1931 American Pre-Code avant-garde film by American filmmaker Jay Leyda (1910–1988).

Described as "city symphony", the eleven-minute European style film recorded a Bronx street in New York City before it is crowded with traffic. Largely unnoticed in the United States, on the strength of this film Leyda was invited to study with Soviet filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, the only American to do so. In 2004, A Bronx Morning was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". [1] [2]

The film was funded with the proceeds of a sale of a wooden figurine of Henry Ward Beecher, which Leyda had originally found in a junk shop, to a representative of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller.[3]


  1. ^ "Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved April 23, 2020.
  2. ^ "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress". Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieved May 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Ian Christie and Richard Taylor, Eisenstein Rediscovered, Routledge, 1993, p43. ISBN 0-415-04950-4

External links[edit]

  • A Bronx Morning essay by Scott Simmon on the National Film Registry site. [1]
  • A Bronx Morning essay by Daniel Eagan in America's Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry, A&C Black, 2010 ISBN 0826429777, pages 189-190 [2]
  • A Bronx Morning on IMDb