From Park Slope to Katz\'d5s Deli: Gotham Captured on CelluloidMy favorite still from a movie made in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of is not in this book. I first saw it as a child of 11 or 12—I could have been leafing though Daniel Blum’s A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen (1953). (My future was all mapped out for me even then.) The still showed two actors in a dueling scene, but it wasn’t the posturing actors or the cheesy cheesy (che´ze) caseous. costumes that fascinated me—it was the fact that the duelists were posed in front of the Bethesda fountain Bethesda Fountain is the central feature on the lower level of Bethesda Terrace overlooking The Lake in New York City's Central Park. The pool is centered by a fountain sculpture designed by Emma Stebbins in 1868 and unveiled in 1873. in Central Park.
What can I say? Some thrill to the antiquity of Thebes or Florence—for me, the seminal moment was that first glimpse First Glimpse is a monthly consumer electronics magazine published by Sandhills Publishing Company in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The magazine was known as CE Lifestyles before a name change in early 2006. of the apparently eternal architecture of the Bethesda fountain. Would it be giving the sentimental game away to admit that every time I come to New York, I make a pilgrimage to the fountain? I spend an hour or so reflecting on the long, strange trip from that single still glimpsed decades ago.
I suspect that Scenes from the City may have a similar effect on many people. The cover features the iconic Brian Hamill photo from Manhattan: Woody Allen Noun 1. Woody Allen - United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
Allen Stewart Konigsberg, Allen and Diane Keaton on a park bench just before dawn gazing at the Queensboro Bridge. The shot has lost none of its ravishing rav·ish·ing
Extremely attractive; entrancing.
ravish·ing·ly adv. power. (If only the same could be said of Woody Allen.)
The essence of New York is that it’s too big to be one thing—it’s the city as schizophrenic, with something for everybody, in any mood. So it’s appropriate that Scenes from the City is sufficiently varied, and luscious enough, to melt the heart of the fiercest partisan of pastoral pleasures.
The book takes as its start date 1966, when John Lindsay This article is about the American politician. For other people of this name, see John Lindsay (disambiguation).
John Vliet Lindsay (November 24, 1921 – December 19, 2000) was an American liberal politician who served as a member of the United States House of established the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting—one-stop shopping that cut a Solomonic swath through what had been an impossibly complicated sequence of permissions, a labyrinth that kept filmmakers from working easily in New York. (The bureaucratic hurdles never stopped the good people who populated the Biograph, Vitagraph and Astoria studios, or filmmakers like Rouben Mamoulian—but none of them are featured here, because this is a book that carries the imprimatur of the Mayor’s Office, which apparently wants to give the impression that hardly anybody shot films in New York before John Lindsay smoothed the way.)
Attention is paid to Jules Dassin, who shot The Naked City all over town, and to Billy Wilder Noun 1. Billy Wilder - United States filmmaker (born in Austria) whose dark humor infused many of the films he made (1906-2002)
Samuel Wilder, Wilder , who filmed Ray Milland’s harrowing walk in The Lost Weekend under the Third Avenue el on New Year’s Day 1944. Abraham Polonsky went to the trouble of coming to New York for some key shots for Force of Evil. And there’s the great opening sequence of West Side Story.
But—and I find this extremely odd—only cursory attention is paid to Sidney Lumet, the patron saint of New York film production, who began his love affair with the place tangentially tan·gen·tial also tan·gen·tal
1. Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
2. Merely touching or slightly connected.
3. in 1957 with 12 Angry Men, his first movie, and comprehensively the next year with Stage Struck. But then, nothing is said about other New York–centric movies like Selznick’s Portrait of Jennie.
Scenes from the City is organized by area, which is as good as any other principle. This is a coffee-table book, and coffee-table books live or die by the pictures, the meat for which the words are only seasoning.
Editor James Sanders, a practicing architect and the author of Celluloid Skyline (2001), lets the pictures take flight while he supplies the information that makes the book a useful reference tool. (I spotted one error: Abraham Polonsky wrote Madigan, a good 1968 policier, but he didn’t direct it—the director was Don Siegel.) Mr. Sanders documents where the stills—and scenes they represent—were shot.
For the dedicated cinephile cin·e·phile
A film or movie enthusiast.
[French cinéphile : ciné, cinema; see cineaste + -phile, -phile.] , these are Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross
depictions of episodes of Christ’s death. [Christianity: Brewer Dictionary, 1035]
See : Passion of Christ . Marilyn Monroe’s dress billowing bil·low
1. A large wave or swell of water.
2. A great swell, surge, or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound.
v. bil·lowed, bil·low·ing, bil·lows
1. up over the subway grating in The Seven-Year Itch was shot along Lexington between 51st and 52nd streets. (Mr. Sanders proceeds to ruin our re-enactment fantasies by telling us that the scene was reshot back at the studio.) Dog Day Afternoon was shot on Prospect Park West between 17th and 18th streets, just south of Park Slope in Brooklyn. The chase in The French Connection was shot in 30 blocks of 86th Street in Brooklyn, ranging from the Bay 50th Street Station to the 62nd Street Station of the D line. The delicatessen scene in When Harry Met Sally … was shot at Katz’s Deli at 205 East Houston Street. And that bridge shot from Manhattan was taken at the foot of 58th Street on Aug. 14, 1978, at about 4 in the morning.
Beyond the cold, hard facts, there’s the intrinsic romance of the images: Albert Finney and Diane Venora—clearly unaffected by vertigo—climbing to the top of the Manhattan Bridge with the World Trade Center towers in the background. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, again, silhouetted in the old MoMA garden. (“If you don’t get good stills on a Gordon Willis movie,” Mr. Hamill observes, “then you’re not doing your job properly.”)
No differentiation is made between the sainted saint·ed
1. Having been canonized.
2. Of saintly character; holy.
1. formally recognized by a Christian Church as a saint
2. and the shonda: Hudson Hawk gets a still, as does Annie Hall, and the strange, forlorn Vanilla Sky—remember Tom Cruise running through an eerily beautiful, abandoned Times Square? (We get a background primer from Lt. John Battista, former commanding officer of the city’s TV and movie unit: The Times Square scene was shot in about an hour and a half on a Sunday morning, beginning at first light. No C.G.I.—a real actor in a real location. Pure magic.)
As lagniappe la·gniappe
n. Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. , there’s a Q&A with Martin Scorsese, and also a short piece by Nora Ephron. But again I say: Where’s Sidney Lumet, who was making movies in New York when Mr. Scorsese was a kid watching punks blow up mailboxes in Little Italy?
Scott Eyman, a film historian and biographer, reviews books regularly for The Observer