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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.
Moonstruck (1987) | Carroll Gardens & Park Slope
Norman Jewison’s romantic comedy of a thirtysomething widow Loretta Castorini (Cher) who finds love again with a one-handed baker Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage) exists, according to Roger Ebert, “in a Brooklyn that has never existed, a Brooklyn where the full moon makes the night like day and drives people crazy with amore, when the moon-a hits their eyes like a big-a pizza pie.” But the film also takes place in a real Brooklyn, mostly around Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens. In fact, as Odelia Bitton reported in the Brooklyn Eagle, the film’s characters were renamed to fit the locations: “While the original movie script contained another name for the characters played by Nicholas Cage and his on-screen brother, Johnny, played by Danny Aiello, it was soon replaced by Cammareri. Indeed, it was already plastered on the bakery’s trucks and store sign. Also available were two real-life bakers at Cammareri Brothers who got to play those roles alongside Cage.”