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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
Fatty at Coney Island (1917) | Coney Island

Fatty at Coney Island (1917) | Coney Island

Between 1895 and 1905, over 50 films were shot at Coney Island. As narrative in early cinema became more sophisticated, the resort’s exotic mix of fun and leisure became an obvious––and from a producer’s point of view, cheap––location for characters to fall in love and/or get into trouble. Such were the simple tales told in films like Mack Sennett’s comedy At Coney Island (1912), Dell Henderson’s melodrama A Coney Island Princess (1916), and Fatty Arbuckle’s Fatty at Coney Island (1917). In the last one, the big man of slapstick comedy, Fatty Arbuckle, attempts to dump his wife in order to take on the beachside resort as a single man. At one point, a then-unknown Buster Keaton appears, dressing up like a girl to be Fatty’s date.