Movies that clearly show how New York used to be (?)

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by pebblegrain, Jul 2, 2011.

  1. pebblegrain

    pebblegrain Senior member

    Messages:
    2,215
    Likes Received:
    46
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2010
    Location:
    USA
    I'm 30 yrs old and never even visited NYC before 2000. For you old timers, how was it, really? I'm really interested in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, before it was Giulianid, before air conditioning, before gentrification, etc...

    Probably the most striking images in my mind are from Taxi Driver. His purported routes are insane. All the latent and overt racism, violence at every corner, drugs, porn theaters look fucking awesome. I think where all the hookers hang out is supposed to be LES or alphabet city - is that how it was?

    I read somewhere that Woody Pediphallen's Manhattan was supposed to be a great depiction of the city, but it was just bleh...

    Are there other good movies that how it really was? Midnight Cowboy? Do any ring false?
     
  2. howbah

    howbah Senior member

    Messages:
    215
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2006
    The 7-Ups

    A Thousand Clowns
     
  3. Benzito

    Benzito Senior member

    Messages:
    758
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2009
    Location:
    Lake Oswego, Oregon
    Last of the Mohicans
     
  4. HotlantaHoward

    HotlantaHoward Senior member

    Messages:
    143
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2009
  5. StephenHero

    StephenHero Black Floridian

    Messages:
    14,187
    Likes Received:
    1,937
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    French Connection
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Metropolitan
    Do The Right Thing
     
  6. Hatch&Whisk

    Hatch&Whisk Senior member

    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    21
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    is gangs of new york too far back? [​IMG]
     
  7. jstupple19

    jstupple19 Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2011
    Location:
    Orlando, FL
    After Hours - A fantastic film by Scorcese that many people have forgotten, sadly.
     
  8. limping_decorum

    limping_decorum Senior member

    Messages:
    1,877
    Likes Received:
    54
    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    the naked city

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: No media files are hosted on these forums. By clicking the link below you agree to view content from an external website. We can not be held responsible for the suitability or legality of this material. If the video does not play, wait a minute or try again later. I AGREE

    TIP: to embed Youtube clips, put only the encoded part of the Youtube URL, e.g. eBGIQ7ZuuiU between the tags.
     
  9. bullethead

    bullethead Senior member

    Messages:
    572
    Likes Received:
    8
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2007
    Location:
    nyc
    Marathon Man
    Death Wish
    The Wolfen (great for the south bronx of the eighties)
    Laws of Gravity (pre-gentrified williamsburg and greenpoint)

    As mentioned, After Hours is a great depiction of soho in the early eighties.
     
  10. gladhands

    gladhands Senior member

    Messages:
    2,267
    Likes Received:
    131
    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    French Connection
    Dog Day Afternoon
    Metropolitan
    Do The Right Thing


    These are great. I'll also add:

    Kids
    Paid in Full
    Midnight Cowboy
     
  11. NewYorkIslander

    NewYorkIslander Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    9,918
    Likes Received:
    5,422
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Location:
    Breuckelen, NY 11209
    These are great. I'll also add:

    Kids
    Paid in Full
    Midnight Cowboy


    mmmKids. Not so much a pre-gentriied NYC, but a gentrifying one.

    In the 80's I used to go to Ranger games with my dad, people would be shooting up and smoking weed in the stairwells. Fights galore, especially if you were wearing a rivals tee or hat (people didn't wear jerseys back then).
     
  12. mack11211

    mack11211 Senior member

    Messages:
    6,440
    Likes Received:
    72
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Location:
    Brooklyn USA
    [​IMG]
     
  13. ConcernedParent

    ConcernedParent Senior member

    Messages:
    4,234
    Likes Received:
    30
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2009
    Location:
    West Coast is back for all you suckas
    Last of the Mohicans

    This post is very underrated.
     
  14. alliswell

    alliswell Senior member

    Messages:
    3,992
    Likes Received:
    15
    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2007
    Sweet Smell of Success.
     
  15. Elusive

    Elusive Senior member

    Messages:
    110
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    May 16, 2011
    Look up documentaries there are a ton on new york and do your own thing spike lee seems to have been shot in new york
     

Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by