Steeling a Meal above New York
Men at Lunch
Review by Ross Anthony

Take a seat on the nearest steel girder and enjoy this film. Photos have long been windows into the history of man. But the best ones go that extra step further, they give us a shutter glimpse into the personal history of humankind. Men at Lunch is an exceptionally iconic piece. After all, how many photos get their own film?

The documentary slow zooms into the photo over and over, but it's never enough. It helps that filmmakers have seperated the background and foreground just enough to give the pan-in a moving depth. This brings the viewer into the photo while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the print.

This is a crisp professional documentary. The interviews are bold and passionate and engaging. However, the picture painted of New York waxes just a little too enthusiastic. The production so concentrates on dramatizing immigration to the Big Apple, that immigration anywhere else in the world by any other peoples is made to seem irrelevant.

Despite the fact that it could definitely benefit from further editing to eliminate some repetition and to shorten the duration by 10+ minutes, I still found the reel fascinating. Definitely something tourists would enjoy during their visit to the skyscrapers of New York.

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --


  • Men at Lunch. Copyright © 2013.
  • Directed by Seán Ó Cualáin. Written by Niall Murphy. Narrated by Fionnula Flanagan with Peter Quinn, Jim Rasenberger, Padraig O. Flannabhra, Ric Burns, Una Ni Bhroimeil. First Run Features & Irish Film Board.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)


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