Starring New York

Starring New York : Filming the Grime and the Glamour of the Long 1970s

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Starring New York considers twenty-one films in detail, and more generally discusses many others, that were shot on location and released between 1968 and 1981. Corkin looks at their complex relationship to the fortunes of New York City during that era, probing the multiple connections among film, history, and geography. This period was a volatile moment in the history of the city as it went from the hopefulness of the Lindsay years (1966 to 1973) to financial default in 1975, under the leadership of Abe Beame to its reemergence as a center of international finance in the 1980s, under the leadership of Edward I. Koch (1978 to 1989). These changing regimes and fortunes form the backdrop for films that picture New York's racial and ethnic populations, its decaying districts, its violent street-life, and its emerging gentrification by the later years of the decade. The films, directed by an emerging generation of filmmakers influenced both by the Italian neo-realists and the French auteurs, sought a higher realism than that offered in conventional Hollywood productions. Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Paul Mazursky, Woody Allen, and John Schlesinger, all of whom became noted by a general audience during this period, capture the excitement and volatility of the period. More broadly, Starring New York proposes that this concentration of popular films that picture the city in transition provide viewers with a means to begin reorienting their view of New York's space, their significance, and their relation to other places of the more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 408.23g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 40 illus.
  • 0195382803
  • 9780195382808
  • 1,346,059

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an absorbing and clear-sighted examination of a decade often seen in hazy terms. * Richard Martin, Journal of American Studies *show more

About Stanley Corkin

Stanley Corkin is Professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. He is the author of Realism and the Birth of the Modern United States: Film, Literature, and Culture and Cowboys as Cold Warriors: The Western and US History .show more

Table of contents

I. Introduction: New Hollywood, History, and the City ; II. Sex and the City in Decline: Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Klute (1971) ; III. Nostalgia, the Ethnic Neighborhood, and the World Outside: The Godfather Parts I and II (1972 and 1974) and Mean Streets (1973) ; IV. Blaxploitation and Urban Decline: Harlem and the World Beyond, Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970), Shaft (1971), Superfly (1972), Across 110th St. (1972), and Black Caesar (1974) ; V. Policing the Unsafe City: The French Connection (1971), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), and Prince of the City (1981) ; VI. Vigilance!: Death Wish (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), The Marathon Man (1976) ; VII. Love, Marriage, and City Living: Annie Hall (1977), Manhattan (1979), An Unmarried Woman (1978), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)show more

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