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Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn

Posted October 05, 2010 to photo album "Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn"

For directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, filming It’s Kind of a Funny Story in Brooklyn was essential to the story. It was a choice many filmmakers before them made as well.

Made in Brooklyn | Pariah
Fatty at Coney Island (1917) | Coney Island
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)  | Williamsburg
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) | Bensonhurst
On the Town (1949) | Brooklyn Navy Yards
Little Fugitive (1953) | Coney Island
The French Connection (1971) | New Utrecht Avenue & others
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) | Gravesend
Saturday Night Fever (1977) | Bay Ridge
The Warriors (1979) | Coney Island & others
Sophie's Choice (1982) | Flatbush
Moonstruck (1987) | Carroll Gardens & Park Slope
Do the Right Thing (1989) | Bedford-Stuyvesant
Little Odessa (1994) | Brighton Beach
Smoke / Blue in the Face (1995) | Park Slope
The Squid and the Whale (2005) | Park Slope
Half Nelson (2006) | Red Hook
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)  | Williamsburg

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) | Williamsburg

Much of the success of Betty Smith’s 1943 autobiographical novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn rests with the compelling authenticity the writer brings to describing life in a Williamsburg tenement during the first part of the 20th century. A few critics were then disappointed when 20th Century Fox chose to shoot the film adaptation (interiors and exteriors alike) on a Hollywood soundstage. As such Elia Kazan’s dramatic 1945 adaptation scored high points for its dramatic intensity, but much lower scores for its production values. James Agee wrote in The Nation “the best you can do in that way is as dead as an inch-by-inch description of a perfectly naturalistic painting compared with accepting instead the still scarcely imaged difficulties and the enormous advantages of submerging your actors in the real thing.”