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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.
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.”