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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
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) | Gravesend

Dog Day Afternoon (1975) | Gravesend

On 22 August 1972, John Wojtowicz (assisted by Salvatore Naturile) entered the Chase Manhattan Bank in the Gravesend neighborhood of Brooklyn with the intention of robbing it and getting enough money for his lover, Ernest Aron, to get a sex-change operation. The actual bank is now a medical imaging center. While Sidney Lumet didn’t use the actual bank for his 1975 drama Dog Day Afternoon, he kept the film in Brooklyn, using a converted garage in Flatbush to double for the bank’s exteriors. The sense of place has been an essential element Lumet (especially in capturing the “real” New York in films like The Pawn Broker, Serpico and Prince of the City). Indeed that ineffable Brooklyn feel that Lumet captures was recognized by Vincent Canby in his New York Times review when he wrote, “it's beautifully acted by performers who appear to have grown up on the city's sidewalks in the heat and hopelessness of an endless midsummer.”