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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.
Little Fugitive (1953) | Coney Island
In 1953, the Brooklyn-raised photographer Morris Engel, his girlfriend Ruth Orkin and friend Raymond Abrashkin decided to make a feature film in their own back yard. With a rough-hewn story about a lost little boy, a few friends and actors, and $30,000, the group shot Little Fugitive on location in Coney Island. Using hand-held 35mm cameras with little or no crew, the filmmakers captured the burlesque reality of Brooklyn. The film went on to win the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival and is referenced in François Truffaut’s masterpiece The 400 Blows. Indeed, Truffaut later commented, “Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie, Little Fugitive.”