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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
It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) | Bensonhurst

It Happened in Brooklyn (1947) | Bensonhurst

It Happened in Brooklyn may be the title (and subject) of this 1947 Frank Sinatra musical, but the film was actually never shot there. In the story, Frank, returning from the war, bunks up with his old pal Jimmy Durante, who now works as a janitor at New Utrecht High (an actual school in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn). Except for a few quick takes of the Brooklyn Bridge, this frolic was actually shot entirely on soundstages. Although that isn’t exactly what Newsweek was getting at when they wrote the film “couldn’t happen any place except Hollywood.” Their point was that “Sinatra becomes a smoother performance every time out.”  And besides, everyone knows Sinatra’s from New Jersey.