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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
On the Town (1949) | Brooklyn Navy Yards

On the Town (1949) | Brooklyn Navy Yards

While the “town” in Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s 1949 MGM musical is really Manhattan, the film begins and ends in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Navy Yards. The musical about three sailors given a one-day pass on the isle of Manhattan began in 1944 as a Broadway show, with much of music by Leonard Bernstein originally having been used in Jerome Robbins’ ballet Fancy Free. When MGM adapted the show, they replaced all but three songs, the most obvious being the opening tune “New York, New York.” But the Brooklyn Navy Yard remained in all versions. Purchased in 1801 by the US government, the Brooklyn Navy Yard became a central hub for the United States Navy, especially during World War II. In 1966, the navy sold the area back to the city of New York, which has been slowly transforming it into, among other things, a movie studio.