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Spike Lee will make you cry with his gorgeous tribute to an empty New York

On Friday, director Spike Lee released a new short film called "New York, New York," which he described in an Instagram caption as being "a love letter" to the city's people. Shooting on Kodak Super 8 film, the Do the Right Thing filmmaker captures the city under quarantine, from its empty landmarks to its makeshift hospitals, flashing ambulances, and masked health care workers. The three-and-a-half minute video is set, appropriately, to Frank Sinatra's famous ode to the Big Apple, although the images give a whole new context to classic lines like, "I'll make a brand new start of it, in old New York."

Slate's film critic Dana Stevens called it perhaps the "best Spike Lee movie of the 21st century," and while that may be egregious Inside Man erasure, you can watch it below. Jeva Lange

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Plain And Simple. Special Love Shout To Ms. TINA SINATRA,SONY/ATV,KERWIN DEVONISH (Camera),ADAM GOODE (Editor),TIM STACKER And KODAK For The Super 8 Film And Cameras.

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