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An Ode to Autumn in New York, Paris, Amsterdam, and Worldwide

Autumn or fall, depending on what part of the world you are from, is the season of the year that is rich in color and has inspired many artists.

British poet John Keats wrote the poem To Autumn in 1819, Japanese filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu released An Autumn Afternoon in 1962, and Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman created Autumn Sonata in the late 1970s.

Autumn light in Amsterdam Forest makes you understand why the dutch painters were so good with lighting. (Image via Marien Brethouwer Vimeo/Screenshot)
Autumn light in Amsterdam Forest makes you understand why the Dutch painters were so good with lighting. (Image via Marien Brethouwer Vimeo/Screenshot)

The very popular song Autumn Leaves has been covered by various artists over the years, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Eva Cassidy, Serge Gainsbourg, Grace Jones, and Eric Clapton.

The song originally came from the 1945 French song Les Feuilles Mortes (which translates to The Dead Leaves). The music was composed by Hungarian-French composer Joseph Kosma, while poet Jacque Prévert wrote the lyrics.

Paris in Autumn, a woman cycling. (Image via Living Cinema Vimeo/Screenshot)
Paris in autumn, a woman cycling. (Image via Living Cinema Vimeo/Screenshot)

In Chinese medicine, autumn is associated with the metal element and with the lungs. It is the time of year that you dress a little warmer and begin to slow down and sleep more. Foods such as pumpkins are harvested in autumn, and according to TCM, these types of foods are good for the body. Warm foods, such as soup, replace the cool salads of summertime.

Soft glow of Autumn light in the Netherlands. (Image via Marien Brethouwer Vimeo/Screenshot)
Soft glow of autumn light in the Netherlands. (Image via Marien Brethouwer Vimeo/Screenshot)

Autumn is a good time to complete or wrap up projects. And to honor your lungs, you should focus on your breathing, so walks outside in the fresh air are encouraged. Also, “letting go” is associated with the lungs, so its a good time to let go of any negativity in life.

Visibility for birds increases in Autumn when leaves start to drop. (Image via Living Cinema Vimeo/Screenshot)
Visibility for birds increases in autumn when leaves start to drop. (Image via Living Cinema Vimeo/Screenshot)

The best way to stay healthy, according to Chinese medicine, is to learn the nature of the season and live in harmony with it. And on that note, here are some short films to feast your eyes on among the beauty and feelings that autumn has to offer in New York, Amsterdam, and Paris.

Bright yellow hues of the leaves in Central park in Autumn just before they fall. (Image via Jamie Scott Vimeo/Screenshot)
Bright yellow hues of the leaves in Central Park in autumn just before they fall. (Image via Jamie Scott Vimeo/Screenshot)

Fall in Central Park — by Jamie Scott:

Shot in Central Park, New York, this short time lapse video took 2 days a week for 6 months in 15 locations across Central Park, all shot at sunrise. The music is by Lower Dens.

Autumn — by Marien Brethouwer:

Shot in the Netherlands in November at Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest), this filmmaker was inspired by some magical light one foggy morning so he decided to shoot using a variety of cameras, including of some nice drone footage.

L’Automne — Paris by Fall by Nathan Sage and Curtis Heyne:

Shot in Paris, on 16mm Black & White Kodak Tri-X Film, I think it is not your obvious choice to have autumn captured in something other than color, yet it completely works to capture the feel of the city in this season. I am a fan of most things shot on film, and the texture and energy you get from the people of Paris in autumn is a beautiful thing.

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Jessica Kneipphttp://www.jessicakneipp.net
Jessica grew up in the tropics of North Australia. She writes about films, and occasionally gets to write and direct them. She has a love of silent films, they are the closest she will ever get to "time travel." However, on some real travels she spotted a polar bear while visiting the Arctic, and has enjoyed the view of the Mongolian plains on a train from Russia to China. Her favorite fruit is pomegranate and her most memorable gift is a Super 8 camera from her husband, which she is keen to shoot some footage of Antarctic icebergs on one day.  

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