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New York in movies

I love the aesthetic of Sweet Smell of Success and this long gone era of New York during that period. I guess Mad Men touched on it but reminded me more of a studio effort like The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit and The Best of Everything. I think Shadows captured the same mood and atmosphere as Sweet Smell of Success and one can imagine Steve Dallas and Susan Hunsecker hanging in the same circles as the characters in Shadows. I think The Greenwich Village Story from the 60s also managed to capture a similar mood.

Have there been any others? I love the smoky nightspots, the fashions- the long coats on the handsome well dressed men, Broadway after dark. In recent times I think Bright Lights, Big City also captured some of the mood I like too.

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by Anonymousreply 158June 2, 2023 3:35 PM

Something Wild captured the seedy side. My favorite part is when Carroll Baker rents a tiny hole in the wall apartment and her neighbor is Jean Stapleton, who sits out in the hallway in her slip painting her nails and fanning herself.

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by Anonymousreply 1May 16, 2023 7:09 PM

Midnight Cowboy

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by Anonymousreply 3May 16, 2023 7:16 PM

[quote] Something Wild captured the seedy side.

Yes I remember and liked that movie too. Also the subway scene was also very memorable and captured New York for me.

Another I can think of is Pick Up on South Street which captured a hot Summer day in the sticky subway too.

by Anonymousreply 4May 16, 2023 7:16 PM

Great suggestions guys. I’ve seen them all so far and totally agree with your choices. You really get it!

by Anonymousreply 5May 16, 2023 7:17 PM

After Hours and Desperately Seeking Susan make me nostalgic for old New York.

by Anonymousreply 6May 16, 2023 7:20 PM

The Out-of-Towners

Down with Love (for a phony version)


Across 110th Street

The French Connection

Big Business

Baby Boom

Death Wish

Coming to America

American Psycho (for a better nostalgic version)

by Anonymousreply 7May 16, 2023 7:26 PM

The Clock

by Anonymousreply 8May 16, 2023 7:33 PM

The Naked City (1948)

"There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them."

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by Anonymousreply 9May 16, 2023 7:35 PM

Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

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by Anonymousreply 10May 16, 2023 7:40 PM

The Prisoner of Second Avenue

The Odd Couple (film and series)

by Anonymousreply 11May 16, 2023 7:42 PM

R2 "Midnight Cowboy" is at Film Forum on Houston, beginning Friday, June 23.

by Anonymousreply 12May 16, 2023 7:44 PM

Trailer for “The Prisoner of Second Avenue”

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by Anonymousreply 13May 16, 2023 7:46 PM

I love the factory scenes in Midnight Cowboy and Viva and the other warhol players.

by Anonymousreply 14May 16, 2023 7:47 PM

The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974)

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by Anonymousreply 15May 16, 2023 7:48 PM

Crossing Delancey (1988)

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by Anonymousreply 16May 16, 2023 8:04 PM

Winter's Tale - NYC looked like a place a magic story ought to take place. Also, Colin Farrell looked good in period clothes.

by Anonymousreply 17May 16, 2023 8:08 PM

Not the era that OP is zeroing in on, but Margaret, the Kenneth Lonergan film with Anna Paquin and an impressive assembly of stars (then and future), is a favorite New York City movie of mine. It really captures the look and feel of the shortly-post-9/11 era in which it takes place. Photography was completed by 2006, although the release was held up until 2011. That movie had a notably troubled postproduction history and now exists at both the studio-mandated length and in a director-assembled longer version (which plays better, IMO).

It's notable for having Kieran Culkin, J. Smith-Cameron, AND Jeannie Berlin, long before there was a Succession.

by Anonymousreply 18May 16, 2023 8:38 PM

Succession has that New York vibe I love

by Anonymousreply 19May 16, 2023 8:47 PM

The 25th Hour was another good post-9/11 NYC movie.

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by Anonymousreply 20May 16, 2023 8:48 PM

NYC's Film Forum is currently doing a retrospective called "The City: Real and Imagined." More than 50 movies over 4 weeks.

by Anonymousreply 21May 16, 2023 8:58 PM

Dressed To Kill. Not only the Met and the Subway scene, but the seedy, impersonal hotel.

by Anonymousreply 22May 16, 2023 9:05 PM

Woody Allen's movie, Manhattan, shows the city in a great light. I love the opening....Gershwin's, Rhapsody in Blue...so perfect for all the scene clips shown of NYC. The raw power and bigness of the city. In fact, Allen seems to romanticize (sp) NYC in most of his movies. In spite of all it's problems now, it is a great city.

by Anonymousreply 23May 16, 2023 9:09 PM

That Girl opening shows New York back in the 60s. Vibrant and very exciting...full of hope and dreams.

by Anonymousreply 24May 16, 2023 9:14 PM

The poetic and overblown Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann still caught a bit of the jazzy horniness of young people in the summer in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 25May 16, 2023 9:20 PM

I worked in Wall Street banking right out of college and Working Girl got the mis en scene correct.

by Anonymousreply 26May 16, 2023 9:22 PM

The Apartment with Jack Lemmon and Shirley McLaine does it for me. Also on TV although the waterfront city is never named, Peter Gunn has that feeling, with wood-burning fireplaces in stylish apartments.

by Anonymousreply 27May 16, 2023 9:24 PM

Trash with Holly and Joey is quite evocative. Jane Forth was good. Paris is Burning, of course.

by Anonymousreply 28May 16, 2023 9:24 PM

Basket Case is one of the better Times Square sleaze movies. But there are so many. Bowie and Deneuve in The Hunger.

by Anonymousreply 29May 16, 2023 9:26 PM

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The World of Henry Orient. Miracle on 34th Street.

by Anonymousreply 30May 16, 2023 9:30 PM

An Unmarried Woman

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by Anonymousreply 31May 16, 2023 9:30 PM

Mean Streets and Household Saints are good about the Lower East Side, though to me Little Italy is smack in the centre of Manhattan down there. I don't care for early Spike Lee but Do the Right Thing does capture Brooklyn.

by Anonymousreply 32May 16, 2023 9:38 PM

A Hatful Of Rain is an unromantic view of Manhattan just before my time.

by Anonymousreply 33May 16, 2023 9:39 PM

First Wives Club

New Jack City

by Anonymousreply 34May 16, 2023 9:40 PM

IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU, with Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon, was filmed extensively in NYC, particularly West 69th Street (which also inspired the set design for THE APARTMENT).

by Anonymousreply 35May 16, 2023 9:41 PM

Madame Satan is insane. Like a Deco NY Fever Dream.

by Anonymousreply 36May 16, 2023 9:42 PM

Regarding Sweet Smell of Success, does anyone know what theater was used for the scene with JJ Hunsecker, Falco, the sister and her boyfriend Martin Milner? It looks like a TV stage but I can't quite place it.

by Anonymousreply 37May 16, 2023 9:44 PM

I love the mid-century modern energy of Bell, Book & Candle: the underground jazz club, Kim Novak’s African sculpture gallery shop, ie.

by Anonymousreply 38May 16, 2023 9:48 PM

Up The Down Staircase, about an innocent and new teacher teaching in a gritty NYC public high school.

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by Anonymousreply 39May 16, 2023 9:49 PM

Filmed on location as WW2 was nearing its end…watch it for the old El trains above the east side of Manhattan; stay for Jane Wyman’s co-dependence.

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by Anonymousreply 40May 16, 2023 9:53 PM

Barefoot In The Park

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by Anonymousreply 41May 16, 2023 9:54 PM

Can’t stand barefoot in the park. Corie was so annoying.

by Anonymousreply 42May 16, 2023 9:56 PM

Maniac and Basket Case from the early 80's have a great, seedy NYC feel.

by Anonymousreply 43May 16, 2023 9:56 PM

This xmas movie could have been filmed on sound stages but it does have a New York feel.

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by Anonymousreply 44May 16, 2023 9:58 PM

NYC almost at its nadir..but an Oscar-winning screenplay (and DL fave “Emma Peel”).

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by Anonymousreply 45May 16, 2023 10:04 PM

Shaft. Eldergays would definitely recognize the old New York of their youth.

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by Anonymousreply 47May 16, 2023 10:10 PM

One thing a movie can't do justice to. The faint smell of urine after a brief summer rain.

by Anonymousreply 48May 16, 2023 10:20 PM

panic in needle park is a seedy side of NY

by Anonymousreply 49May 16, 2023 10:26 PM

^^^ Shows a seedy side of NYC

by Anonymousreply 50May 16, 2023 10:26 PM

I agree with R9! Oddly enough I think it’s the B & W films that seem to best show New York as a “character,” if you will. Oddly, I find Allen’s films to mostly having a sensibility rather than showing New York the way that noirs do.

Carolyn Jones got an Oscar nomination as a beatnik in this film, a real relic of American attempts to import gritty dramas being made in Europe and Japan.

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by Anonymousreply 51May 16, 2023 10:30 PM

Who Killed Teddy Bear, if only to look at Sal Mineo.

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by Anonymousreply 52May 16, 2023 10:44 PM

The Little Fugitive was filmed in Coney Island in 1953 with Steeplechase Amusement Park as a backdrop.

Though its a very simple, largely amateur acted, childhood adventure, It’s an excellent time capsule that could yield 100 artistic stills. One of its 3 directors was notable photographer Ruth Orkin, who documented Hollywood royalty and created the indelible photograph An American Girl in Italy (1951). .

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by Anonymousreply 53May 16, 2023 10:56 PM

Gurls, gurls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" owns this thread.

Hon. mention: "The World of Henry Orient"

by Anonymousreply 54May 16, 2023 11:09 PM

Annie Hall

Dead End

City for Conquest

On the Waterfront (filmed on the NY side but I believe was supposed to be Hoboken

by Anonymousreply 55May 16, 2023 11:15 PM

R54 no, it doesn’t …it’s a bastardo Ayón of the novella, location shots notwithstanding. A DL movie—yes…ta significant filmed version of Manhattan—NO.

by Anonymousreply 56May 16, 2023 11:17 PM

*bastardization 😵‍💫

by Anonymousreply 57May 16, 2023 11:18 PM

R55 Hoboken was Hoboken in the movie—those Jersey scenes where filmed there.

by Anonymousreply 58May 16, 2023 11:19 PM


The Lost Weekend is about a man battling alcoholism. The book it was based on was about a man uncertain about sexuality, but the Code forbade movies about homosexuality, at least, in any overt manner.

by Anonymousreply 59May 16, 2023 11:20 PM

Not that there’s anything wrong with Jersey ;)

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by Anonymousreply 60May 16, 2023 11:21 PM

I liked a lot of the films of the late 60s/early 70s that showed how gritty and unlovely New York had become. One of my all time favorite films is J.T., the story of a shy kid in Harlem who adopts a cat. A paper-thin story told with heart and great warmth. Just beautiful and the Harlem that you see is completely different from the crime and drugs storylines that were prevalent then.

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by Anonymousreply 61May 16, 2023 11:53 PM

R53 Little Fugitive is easily one of my top ten films of all time.

François Truffaut was so impressed with Little Fugitive it inspired him to write and direct Les Quatre Cents Coups (400 Blows), which begat the French New Wave movement.

by Anonymousreply 62May 17, 2023 12:05 AM

The French Connection. Friedkiin really knew how to film the city...incl. the NYC locations on Boys In The Band.

Has no one mentioned Annie Hall? For goodness sake!

Rich Kids.

[bold]An Unmarried Woman[/bold]

by Anonymousreply 63May 17, 2023 12:09 AM

Middle of the Night from 1959, especially the scenes shot in the Garment District during a dreary cold and rainy NYC winter.

by Anonymousreply 64May 17, 2023 12:30 AM

Saturday Night Fever. Death Wish.

The opening of Manhattan is probably one of the most perfect love letters to NYC. And of the time that I most mythologize.

by Anonymousreply 65May 17, 2023 2:27 AM

Another vote for Dead End and for Little Fugitive. Lots of great titles on this thread. Oh, and Lost Weekend, a travelogue of 3rd Ave.

by Anonymousreply 66May 17, 2023 3:21 AM



An Al Pacino movie, he’s in love and has a tiny apartment. I only saw a snippet, but I liked the vibe.

by Anonymousreply 67May 17, 2023 7:42 AM

The Love Statue

by Anonymousreply 68May 17, 2023 7:44 AM

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Unlike other recent shows set in old New York, they actually go out into the streets. Don Draper was only ever in his office or an apartment.

by Anonymousreply 69May 17, 2023 8:12 AM

Try a huge swatch of the Sidney Lumet filmography: Dog Day Afternoon, Daniel, Prince of the City, Serpico, The Pawnbroker, The Anderson Tapes, etc., etc. He didn't "glamorize" the city so his movies always have that gritty, authentic, time-capsule feel.

by Anonymousreply 70May 17, 2023 11:57 AM

TAXI DRIVER--the NYC in this movie is like Woodie Allen's NYC and Death Wish combined.

by Anonymousreply 71May 17, 2023 12:11 PM

Ms. 45. It's even rawer than Taxi Driver.

by Anonymousreply 72May 17, 2023 12:11 PM


by Anonymousreply 73May 17, 2023 1:30 PM

Thanks to all re the Hoboken/NY correx re "On the Waterfront".

by Anonymousreply 74May 17, 2023 2:09 PM


All my life I thought that On the Waterfront was filmed in Brooklyn.

by Anonymousreply 75May 17, 2023 2:44 PM

Yes...Working Girl opening with Carly Simon's, Let The River Run....fabulous R26!

by Anonymousreply 76May 17, 2023 2:57 PM

R76 came here just to post this. That opening scene is just amazing. From the Statue of Liberty to the pan of lower Manhattan and the WTC 😪 with the Staten Island Ferry approaching and with that soaring chorus of Let the River Run. Could not be bettered.

by Anonymousreply 77May 17, 2023 3:02 PM

Love The French Connection for the late 60s/early 70s feel of NYC. Also The Detective, smarmy Sinatra cop show with plenty of gay bashing. Although it’s current, Can You Ever Forgive Me captures the period it was set in well. Also Boys In the Band (original) and remake. For a sleazy side try to find Fleshpot on 42nd Street (1972) about hustler bars on 42nd street before it was Disneyfied. A featured role by Harry Reems (credited at Bob Walters). TCM ran it a few years ago during their TCM Underground series.

And second all the posts about Working Girl!

by Anonymousreply 78May 17, 2023 3:03 PM

The Goodbye Girl is another one that is very New York.

by Anonymousreply 79May 17, 2023 3:08 PM

Next Stop, Greenwich Village

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by Anonymousreply 80May 17, 2023 3:08 PM


Already suggested.

by Anonymousreply 81May 17, 2023 3:14 PM


Stick it up your ass.


by Anonymousreply 82May 17, 2023 3:17 PM

Let's face it. New York City is a great backdrop, with many great stories.

by Anonymousreply 83May 17, 2023 3:20 PM

R53 thanks for that. I had never heard of it.

by Anonymousreply 84May 17, 2023 3:40 PM

[quote]Let's face it. New York City is a great backdrop, with many great stories.

There are eight million stories in the naked city

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by Anonymousreply 85May 17, 2023 3:48 PM


I included a link to the 1948 movie at R9.

by Anonymousreply 86May 17, 2023 3:56 PM

The World of Henry Orient - Shows an early 60’s NYC from the point of view of upper class preppies, which is what I was back then.

Moonstruck - Nostalgic for me, because of its depiction of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, where I lived for 12 years, including when it was filmed.

Portrait of Jennie - The use of a lot of actual Manhattan locations, filmed with various filters and effects, created an eerie quality, showing that even a contemporary city can have a fantastic edge.

by Anonymousreply 87May 17, 2023 4:11 PM

Hannah And Her Sisters. Woody Allen did some great New York movies. After watching them, you want to move there.

by Anonymousreply 88May 17, 2023 4:52 PM

West Side Story

Slaves of New York

by Anonymousreply 89May 17, 2023 5:57 PM

Coogan's Bluff and The Pope of Greenwich Village

by Anonymousreply 90May 17, 2023 7:26 PM

The title of the thread isn't films made about New York, but films in which New York was a strong cultural element and, looking back, records a New York that no longer exists.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's", with its opening scene of Hepburn at dawn looking longingly into the windows of what is just possibly one of the most iconic names on an iconic corner (57th Street and Fifth Avenue) absolutely belongs on this thread. Remember toward the end, when Hepburn still thinks she's bagged the Brazilian aristo, and looks around at Sixth Avenue and tells Peppard that someday she will bring her nine Brazilian brats to "see this", because it's like nothing else in the world?

Not to mention those beautiful townhouse flats in the East Sixties just off Park or Madison . . .

You have to be kidding. That opening alone stamps the film as a bona fide paean to NYC.

by Anonymousreply 91May 18, 2023 1:28 PM

R91 keep trying

by Anonymousreply 92May 18, 2023 1:32 PM

Probably already mentioned, but Dog Day Afternoon. The opening music and scenes were perfect 1970s NYC. Great throwback..

by Anonymousreply 93May 18, 2023 1:39 PM

Times Square. After Hours. Cruising. Taxi Driver. Uncut Gems. Desperately Seeking Susan. Klute. Another Woman. Fame.

by Anonymousreply 94May 18, 2023 1:41 PM

Side Street (1950)

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by Anonymousreply 95May 18, 2023 1:43 PM

Poor Cathy —by her looks she was perfect for her role in BYofOL, by her acting she was plain as the worst Jane off the street.

by Anonymousreply 96May 18, 2023 1:47 PM

Here's a really old silent one (1928), The Crowd. The scenes of old Coney Island and the amusements, plus how life was back then...the styles and buildings.

by Anonymousreply 97May 18, 2023 1:49 PM

R95 that Side Street trailer is gorgeous…the car flipping over right in front of Federal Hall (kitty corner to the NYSE) could have been filmed yesterday.

by Anonymousreply 98May 18, 2023 1:52 PM

I watched After Hours not that long ago and it captures what I remember as a glamorous emptiness and seediness in 1980’s Soho.

There were still dive bars, weird basement clubs, bare bones lofts with sketchy plumbing and electricity.

It was lots of fun.

by Anonymousreply 99May 18, 2023 1:59 PM


Breakfast at Tiffany's was suggested at R54.

by Anonymousreply 100May 18, 2023 2:40 PM


After Hours was already mentioned.

by Anonymousreply 101May 18, 2023 2:41 PM


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by Anonymousreply 102May 18, 2023 2:43 PM

And you know what, r100? R91's description of the movie was so much more complete and interesting than r54's mere mention of the title.

What drives you to be such a complete waste of time and space, r100 r101?

by Anonymousreply 103May 18, 2023 2:46 PM

The 1st shots of a desserted dawn stricken 5th avenue in Breakfast at Tiffany's nearly makes me tear up on nostalgia (of a time I never lived in, mind you). The wistful "Moon River" playing in the background just adds to it.

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by Anonymousreply 104May 18, 2023 3:40 PM

No mention of The Owl and The Pussycat (1970) starring DL fave Barbra Streisand in fabulous padded push-up bras? Very New York!

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by Anonymousreply 105May 18, 2023 4:23 PM

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

by Anonymousreply 106May 18, 2023 4:46 PM

R106, just seeing the title to the film "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" makes me tear-up... I just love Peggy Ann Garner. Her scenes with James Dunn are heartbreaking and lovely.

by Anonymousreply 107May 18, 2023 5:38 PM

^my father was a 60s-70s version of Francine’s Pa.

He did not die in the street in winter cold. But, honest to God, we had more than one holiday where the tree showed up very late on Christmas Eve! It wasn’t til much later that I fully understood why those “special” trees were so late…

by Anonymousreply 108May 18, 2023 7:53 PM

Kazan’s first picture.

James Dunn’s Oscar (and Peggy Ann’s “special” juvenile Oscar).

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by Anonymousreply 109May 18, 2023 8:02 PM

Does anyone else think that Dorothy McGuire, as an actress, was actually quite good? She has a rather thankless role in the film and the screenwriter, director and actress do not shy away from making her tough character.

Oh! and of course, McGuire is the "other woman" in "A Summer Place" with DL-fave, Constance Ford! Dorothy's character enjoyed Rickard Egan's hirsute manliness! woof

by Anonymousreply 110May 18, 2023 10:28 PM


Dorothy McGuire was very good. It was a tough role, She plays another firm mother in Friendly Persuasion, although she's more loving.

by Anonymousreply 111May 19, 2023 12:52 AM

R107 I know what you mean. Especially when she goes to collect his shaving cup.

by Anonymousreply 112May 19, 2023 5:30 AM

R110 and R111 Gentlemen, I’m in agreement.

by Anonymousreply 113May 19, 2023 11:38 AM

[quote]I watched After Hours not that long ago and it captures what I remember as a glamorous emptiness and seediness in 1980’s Soho [...] It was lots of fun.

It is. Scorsese has made "greater" films, but After Hours is one of the most fun to watch. That's not something I often say about his filmography, and I do love Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and other obvious choices.

Scorsese's direction was nicely in sync with the humor of the screenplay by Joseph Minion, who later wrote the cult favorite Vampire's Kiss, starring Nicolas Cage at his most unhinged. Come to think of it, that movie is another time capsule of the funkier side of '80s New York.

by Anonymousreply 114May 19, 2023 11:51 AM

After Hours is coming out on 4k!

by Anonymousreply 115May 19, 2023 12:19 PM

Gremlins 2.

by Anonymousreply 116May 19, 2023 12:20 PM

After Hours.

by Anonymousreply 117May 19, 2023 12:24 PM

[quote] Does anyone else think that Dorothy McGuire, as an actress, was actually quite good?

When Dorothy McGuire died, she was not included in the Oscar “In Memoriam” segment. When her family asked why, they were told there were only a fixed number of slots.

by Anonymousreply 118May 19, 2023 12:43 PM

I just saw "Sweet Smell of Success" for the first time at Film Forum. What a great film! I am largely unfamiliar with Burt Lancaster and want to dive into his filmography now.

by Anonymousreply 119May 24, 2023 10:07 PM

"Uncut Gems" is a great recent entry.

by Anonymousreply 120May 24, 2023 10:08 PM

"The King Of Comedy" is another great New York Scorsese film.

by Anonymousreply 121May 24, 2023 10:10 PM

Saturday Night Fever and All That Jazz.

by Anonymousreply 122May 24, 2023 10:13 PM

Agreed R121, no one has seen it. I saw it at the movies.

by Anonymousreply 123May 25, 2023 12:12 AM

NETWORK (1976) a New York TV news satire. A must see, it even has gay icon Faye Dunaway in it.

by Anonymousreply 124May 25, 2023 12:15 AM

R119, Burt was very hot and very supportive of gay men.

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by Anonymousreply 126May 25, 2023 3:12 AM

The Warriors

by Anonymousreply 127May 25, 2023 6:23 AM

OP, Thanks for starting this thread. I watched Sweet Smell of Success last night and Something Wild today, and really enjoyed both. I started a list of movies mentioned here and I'm going to go through as many as I can this week and next while I'm on vacation. Some I've already seen, but are old favorites that I want to watch again, like World of Henry Orient.

Great thread!

by Anonymousreply 128May 30, 2023 5:54 AM

New York in TV was great in the TV series Naked City.

by Anonymousreply 129May 30, 2023 6:02 AM

Do the Right Thing

by Anonymousreply 130May 30, 2023 7:09 AM

[quote] Dead End

That slum is now the multibillion dollar neighborhood of the UN

[quote] I love the aesthetic of Sweet Smell of Success

A city without air conditioning other than theaters. The well to do put fans in their open windows and the rich simply abandoned the city in the sweltering summer. And the poor just sweated on their stoops. That was the real sweet smell.

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by Anonymousreply 131May 30, 2023 9:47 AM

I love and highly recommend the noir Sorry Wrong Number (1948) with Barbara Stanwyck, Burt Lancaster and Ed Begley (Sr). An invalid woman who overhears two men plotting her murder. It's melodrama, but New York is a character in the movie. Most of you already know this one.

Another, Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) with Harry Belafonte, Robert Ryan and Ed Begley again. About a heist gone wrong. City and upstate scenes. Belafonte is HOT.

by Anonymousreply 132May 30, 2023 12:30 PM

Little Murders (1971) with Elliott Gould (before he self-destructed), Marcia Rodd, Alan Arkin, Doris Roberts, Vincent Gardenia, and Donald Sutherland in a cameo role. A satirical Jules Feiffer play about a man apathetic to all the New York crime around him and the woman who tries to wake him up. Very dark 1970 comedy.

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by Anonymousreply 133May 30, 2023 1:08 PM

Peter Bogdanovic’s They All Laughed. Great views, the Algonquin Hotel, and the fad of country music bars.

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by Anonymousreply 134May 30, 2023 2:30 PM

Terrific Stanwyck voiceover - opening scene of a 1949 soap called East Side West Side.

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by Anonymousreply 135May 31, 2023 10:06 PM

Yes we know, Barb…it was posted above—please read before you think out loud.

by Anonymousreply 136June 1, 2023 12:37 AM

R136 Sometimes people just want to share the bit that they know about the title thread and don't want to read through all the posts.

by Anonymousreply 137June 1, 2023 12:47 AM

And sometimes make fools of themselves…if you can’t be bother to a quick tour if the thread (with links and pictures)…don’t bother to post a ‘new’ one. It’s quite basically the cool, calm &!preferred way to post on DL.

by Anonymousreply 138June 1, 2023 12:51 AM

White Collar

by Anonymousreply 139June 1, 2023 1:00 AM

“Fatal Attraction”

by Anonymousreply 140June 1, 2023 1:02 AM

R136, R135's clip was not posted before, dear.

by Anonymousreply 141June 1, 2023 1:11 AM

R137 > R138.

The only one making a fool of himself is you, r138, with your out-of-control control issues.

And it's "If you can't be bother[bold]ed[/bold]," dear. We won't bother getting into your ellipses issue at this time.

by Anonymousreply 142June 1, 2023 1:15 AM

I had never heard of "Little Murders" before catching it a few years ago at Film Forum, R133, and I had forgotten all about it until your post brought it rushing back. What a strange film, wonderful in its peculiar way. It would make a good double feature with "The Long Goodbye"—Elliot Gould estranged on both coasts.

by Anonymousreply 143June 1, 2023 1:16 AM

I stand corrected, oh grammarian of the gods! Ye gads.

by Anonymousreply 144June 1, 2023 1:23 AM

R142 was that TA / proctor in Typing class who walked up and down the aisle making faces at the students.

by Anonymousreply 145June 1, 2023 1:26 AM

Love the shots of the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan. The Gershwin soundtrack helps, too.

by Anonymousreply 146June 1, 2023 1:29 AM

I'm four movies in on this thread. Tonight I watched A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and I cried my eyes out. I literally sobbed. I am bookish like the main character and had a drunk father with a winning personality, so this really got n amongst me.

I don't know what's next but I just keep scrolling up and down this thread looking for direction.

by Anonymousreply 147June 1, 2023 6:52 AM

Two perfect New York films which none of you clowns mentioned and captured NY beautifully in great moments of time were How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying a (Mary Blair) brightly colored satiric view of NY right before the widespread fall into filth and grit and A Double Life a depressing film noir filmed by of all people George Cukor and starring of all people Ronald Coleman showing a very dark side of Broadway success featuring fabulous shots of the theater district in the mid 40s. This is what OP was talking about dumbo R92.

by Anonymousreply 148June 1, 2023 7:24 AM

You may be correct, but holy run-on sentence, r148.

A Double Life is an interesting film, but all I remember regarding theater district places is Sardi's. The other memorable thing is Coleman playing Othello in blackface. Interesting work from Shelly Winters.

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by Anonymousreply 149June 1, 2023 7:49 AM

You also see Coleman running through dark NY streets late at night and Times Square at 45th and Broadway featuring the long gone Astor Hotel and Morosco theater. Also what I believe is the Empire theater once a great playhouse.

Those run on sentences come from studying Italian where they never end.

by Anonymousreply 150June 1, 2023 8:12 AM

It's been a long time since I actually watched A Double Life, r150. It is an interesting artifact on many levels. I guess I kinda wondered why you addressed us as "you clowns" for not knowing of this fairly obscure film, and why you used the phrase "of all people" twice in the same post.

by Anonymousreply 151June 1, 2023 9:13 AM

Kramer vs Kramer

Pillow Talk


Bachelor Mother

Holiday Affair

by Anonymousreply 152June 1, 2023 9:42 AM

The Desk Set

by Anonymousreply 153June 1, 2023 10:15 AM

R152/153, most of those movies were done on sound stages and do not have the New York vibe or feel.

by Anonymousreply 154June 1, 2023 1:44 PM

Kramer v. Kramer had at least one real NYC interior, the lobby at Della Femina, Travisano, and Partners ad agency.

by Anonymousreply 155June 1, 2023 1:49 PM

A Double life on DL should not be an obscure film. The great Ronald Colman won an Oscar for it, it was directed by George Cukor and it was written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin and is about Broadway. And it features DL icon Shelly Winters in one of her first roles where she's her usual blowsy self.

by Anonymousreply 156June 1, 2023 3:20 PM

The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) with scenes that are supposed to take place in the Flatiron Building, plus street locations. Scott Brady, Zero Mostel, Michael O'Shea, Jeanne Crain, Frank Fontaine, and most importantly, THELMA RITTER in the lead. Directed by Cukor, on Youtube:

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