“It’s a Wonderful Town”

photos: Ray Milland portrayed an alcoholic in a downward spiral in Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend (1945) – Wilder (behind the camera) was one of the first filmmakers to return to New York after the war. Martin Scorsese prepares a scene for Taxi Driver (1976) with Robert De Niro at Columbus Circle. Co-directors Stanley Donnen and Gene Kelleywork on a routine for On the Town (1949) as Frank Sinatra waits. Director Joseph Sargent shot The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) on a subway car rented from the Transit Authority. Woody Allen used actual Coney Island locations in Annie Hall (1977) for the childhood flashbacks of his alter ego Alvy Singer, who grew up under the roller coaster. Francis Ford Coppola (in striped coat) redressed East Sixth Street near Avenue A to look like it did in 1917 for The Godfather, Part II (1974). Elaine May shot her fist feature, A new Leaf (1971), in Manhattan and Queens. John Schlesinger (seated) directing Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy (1969). The quintessential New York director, Sidney Lumet used 104 locations in every borough except Staten Island to shoot his police corruption film, Serpico (1973).

A wonderful pictorial essay in DGA Quarterly full of historical images of some of our favorite directors shooting in our most favorite city!

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