‘Watching Boston Grow’ Treasures The City’s Past

Watching Boston Grow

It’s like a timelapse met Ken Burns in an old library, but fun.

Harrison Jeffs and Sebastian Crank’s tribute to the history of Boston takes photos of the 387-year-old city from the 1930s, when things resembled modernity, and found the exact angle and location each was shot. Fading into the present, Watching Boston Grow is a poignant glimpse at progress, change, and futurism in a way that sci-fi writers couldn’t have imagined and historians could only reconstruct.

More than mere colorization, this is time travel – if only in form. Experimental film can be a lot of things, but a time capsule juxtaposed with the another time, creating yet another fragile moment along the timestream, is a rarity.

Architecture and history buffs will find a lot to love here, especially if they recently saw this year’s Columbus which similarly meditated on buildings as art and landmark.

Jacob Oller writes everywhere (Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Playboy, FSR, Paste, etc.) about everything that matters (film, TV, video games, memes, life).