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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
The French Connection (1971) | New Utrecht Avenue & others

The French Connection (1971) | New Utrecht Avenue & others

In adapting Robin Moore’s 1969 novel The French Connection, about a real-life heroin ring operating in New York City, director William Friedkin wanted to stress the “real-life” aspect of the story. And that meant getting the locations of the film just right. In fact, as many critics point out, Friedkin’s movie is as much a grime-smudged love poem to the NYC as it is a crime thriller. In the Village Voice, Andrew Sarris wrote he’d never seen “a movie as capable of making me fall in love again with every last shred of rubbish and garbage that constitutes the New York experience.” Friedkin used 86 different New York locations, with many of them in Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Coney Island, Brooklyn Heights, and Bensonhurst). But perhaps the most famous is the subway/car chase that runs along the New Utrecht Avenue line in Bensonhurst. So famous is the scene that it was adapted and placed in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV.