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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
Saturday Night Fever (1977) | Bay Ridge

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.