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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
Sophie's Choice (1982) | Flatbush

Sophie's Choice (1982) | Flatbush

Alan J. Pakula’s romance about the lives of three strangers colliding in Brooklyn in 1947 is, in many ways, a story of geography. Sophie (played in a Oscar-winning performance by Meryl Streep) comes from a Polish concentration camp; the aspiring writer Stingo (Peter MacNichol)––based on the novel’s author William Styron––is from the American South; and Nathan (Kevin Kline) emerges from a mysterious past. But Brooklyn is where they all find each other. The house that centers the film’s action actually exists in Flatbush, but was painted pink to match its title in the novel, the “Pink Palace.”  Once finished, the house was repainted grey.