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New York City on the Big Screen

New York City on the Big Screen

From September 28 to October 14 2012, the Big Apple will be celebrating its 50th New York Film festival with exciting film premieres, award ceremonies and many high profile events. If you are planning a visit to New York City then the following movies which were filmed in the city, will give you a taste of this wonderful place on earth.

Manhattan (1979)

The stunning opening sequence, the installation of photographs of New York in black and white to Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” is a touching eulogy from Woody Allen to the city of his heart. The rest of the film touches on the fears, loves and losses of some couples in Manhattan, whose daily lives are spent in some of the best cafes, streets, institutions and buildings of the city.

West Side Story (1961)

This outstanding American Musical is an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet”. But it tells the story of an unhappy love in the fifties, amidst the turmoil of war between two gangs in New York.

At the time of its creation this work of art was pioneering in the field of artistic exploration of darker themes and of course because of the extraordinary syncopated dance sequences.

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

This powerful and profound film traces the unlikely and two-way friendship between two outsiders  (Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight), while they have to challenge their broken dreams and hostility in the dark and squalid streets of the city.

The Fisher King (1991)

The film stars Jeff Bridges and Robin William. The particular strength of this fantasy drama lies in the depiction of New York from two perspectives, which couldn’t be more different. One is from the perspective of the cynical radio host who can not see any deeper meaning in life. He finds his teacher in a vagabond who is persecuted in his delusional perception of demons, magic and a deeper meaning.

Do the Right Thing (1989)

This clever and powerful drama tells the story of an uprising at a pizza place from the perspective of all those present, focusing particularly on the tensions between the different groups of immigrants, with which the New York of this time was confronted. The film was shot in a single block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, the heart of New York’s black neighbourhood.

The French Connection (1971)

This classic New York crime, filmed in the style of a documentary, shows one of the most exciting car chase scenes in movie history. To showcase the speed even better, the race was filmed with 18 frames per second.

Just the fact that the movie won a lot of Academy Awards, which included best actor, best director and best picture, is proof enough of the enormous importance of this film in film story.

King Kong (1933)

Even if it’s only a model of the Empire State Building, it is still really exciting to watch a giant gorilla on his train of destruction, past some of the most important New York City landmarks in this classic film.

Taxi Driver (1976)

With scenes that veers off at Columbus Circle, on East 13th Street and 8th Avenue, this is brutal drama of the most outstanding films by director Martin Scorsese. The film provides insight into the disturbing and sordid sides of life in New York City. Scorsese filmed real taxi offices and De Niro, who became famous for this role, became a bona fide cab driver after following the Strasberg-Method for his acting in the film.

Rear Window (1954)

The entire film was shot on a huge, specially designed set. It was built around a block in Greenwich Village with thirty apartments, gardens, trees, a bar, moving cars and the high-rise skyline of Manhattan. This disturbing, gruesome thriller deals with obsession and voyeurism. Undoubtedly, a must-see film.

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