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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 Warriors (1979) | Coney Island & others

The Warriors (1979) | Coney Island & others

While Walter Hill’s nightmarish epic of gang warfare in New York was all shot on original locations, it feels like a New York no one knows. David Pirie in the Time Out Film Guide writes that Hill “transformed the city into a phantasmagoric labyrinth of weird tribes in fantastic dress and make-up who move over (and under) the streets as untouched as troglodytes by the civilization sleeping around them.” But Hill’s comic book take is, in many ways, keeping with the film’s source material, Sol Yurick 1965 novel of the same name. His book, like the film, is based loosely on Xenophon's Anabasis, an ancient history about a cadre of Greek soldiers stranded in Persia. Substitute the Bronx for Persia and Brooklyn’s Coney Island for Greece, and you get a sense of the film’s imaginative geography.