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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
Do the Right Thing (1989) | Bedford-Stuyvesant

Do the Right Thing (1989) | Bedford-Stuyvesant

For years, films shot in Brooklyn highlighted that borough’s ethnic diversity, a mosaic however that rarely included the African-American experience. Spike Lee’s aptly named Do The Right Thing sought to remedy that mistake by setting––and shooting––its story within a two-block area in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Indeed one of the production’s major hurdles was using that small area of Stuyvesant Avenue between Quincy and Lexington Ave as the film’s primary location. For Lee, shooting the film in this area of Brooklyn was so important that it was a stipulation in his contract. In “The Cinema of Spike Lee: Images of a Mosaic City,” Catherine Pouzoulet explains, “Lee’s use of Brooklyn is not accidental. The most densely populated of New York City’s five boroughs. Brooklyn is the home of more than half of New York City’s African-American population.”