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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
Smoke / Blue in the Face (1995) | Park Slope

Smoke / Blue in the Face (1995) | Park Slope

Brooklyn writer Paul Auster based his script for Smoke on a short story he’d written for The New Yorker in 1990. The Brooklyn Cigar Company, which becomes the center of the film, is the point from which the script’s different stories emerge or arrive. When director Wayne Wang and Auster finished their film, they decided to immediately shoot another, looser one with the same cast and crew, which became Smoke’s companion piece, Blue in the Face. While the stories ramble entertainingly in every which direction, Brooklyn according to critic James Berardinelli is “the glue that holds everything together…During the course of the film, we're exposed to the Brooklyn of the past, the Brooklyn of today, and an idealized Brooklyn that exists only in memories tinged by fondness and nostalgia.”