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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.
Saturday Night Fever (1977) | Bay Ridge
In many ways, the dance-inferno Saturday Night Fever is as much about the different class identities attached to Brooklyn and Manhattan as it is about white leisure suits and disco beats. Tony Manero (John Travolta), the film’s 19-year-old hero, may work as a grunt at a Bay Ridge hardware store, but he rules the dance floor at the local 2001 Odyssey. It is through his disco experience that he meets Stephanie Mangano (Karen Lynn Gorney), a more sophisticated woman who takes the lead in showing Tony a world beyond Bay Ridge. Director John Badham shot extensively throughout Brooklyn, including his use of the actual 2001 Odyssey disco (for which they built, and then donated to the club, the famous checkerboard color-lit floor). In a kind of reverse cultural history (that being that disco migrated from black and gay clubs out into the general population), 2001 Odyssey – which launched America’s disco fascination – was later renamed Spectrum in 1987 and became a gay club, before being demolished in 2005.