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Reel Brooklyn is a biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. One of the authentic pathmarks of the American New Wave, William Friedkin's The French Connection (1971) was more New York than any movie anyone had ever seen—more New York than Shadows (1959), more than Rosemary's Baby (1968), more than Midnight Cowboy (1969). There was something about the way the movie smelled—an unmistakable compound of street coffee, taxi...
It’s easy to slip into a vicious cycle of comparing and despairing once summer rolls around, and you remain a constant in your cubicle while friends barrage you with accounts of their exotic vacations and adventures. But it’s important to remember that you could do a whole lot worse than being a compulsory captive in Brooklyn, where just by walking down an avenue or two, you can find yourself in Poland—i.e., Greenpoint—feasting on kielbasa...
Reel Brooklyn is a new biweekly column chronicling the definitive history of Brooklyn on-screen, one film—and neighborhood—at a time. Movies as archaeology—more than most cities, Brooklyn is in a constant state of rapid cellular evolution, often leaving movies, going back a century, as our only record of how the neighborhoods used to breathe, bustle and roll. If you know Windsor Terrace and the northern outlands of Flatbush, for instance, you'll feel the bite of authentic...