The Brooklyn Film: Essays in the History of Filmmaking

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John B. Manbeck, Robert Singer
McFarland, Dec 18, 2002 - Performing Arts - 263 pages
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Brooklyn, New York, a borough of New York City, is known for its distinctive vernacular, its communal feel on the fringes of a booming city, and its famous bridge, a gateway to the unlimited opportunities in Manhattan. Of course, Coney Island deserves a mention as it garners its own fame independent of Brooklyn, its parent locale. New York City moviemaking got its start in Brooklyn when Charles E. Chinnock shot his silent film in 1894. Since then, many films have been made, studios opened and stars born in Brooklyn, contributing to its undeniable influence in the film industry. This work is a collection of essays on the topic of Brooklyn as portrayed in film. It includes a discussion of race relations in films dealing with Brooklyn, the story of Jackie Robinson as shown on film, the changing face of cinematic Brooklyn and some thoughts on a Brooklyn filmgoer's experience. The combination of Brooklyn and baseball in the films of Paul Auster is examined, as well as the typical portrayal of a Brooklyn native in film.
  

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Contents

Foreword
1
The Brooklyn Film
7
Whos a Character? Hes Just a Lovable Lug
17
A Fantasy Straight Out of Brooklyn From The Gentle People to Out of the Fog
33
What Grows in the Hood? Projects People and the Contemporary Brooklyn Film
51
Tony Auggie and the Mook Race Relations in Cinematic Brooklyn
71
Exploding Multiculturalism in Global Brooklyn Illegal Moves in The Siege
82
Brooklyn Moviegoing A Short History from a Fans Perspective
108
We Dont Go By Numbers Brooklyn and Baseball in the Films of Paul Auster
127
A Life Worth Living The Jackie Robinson Biopic
148
The Borough of Their Affection Brooklyn Boundaries in Flux
159
Brooklyn Films A Select Filmography
175
About the Contributors
241
Index
243
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Gotham Center Forums
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Brooklyn Film & Arts Festival
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About the author (2002)

John B. Manbeck, an urban historian, was the official Brooklyn Borough Historian (1993-2001) and now writes a weekly newspaper column, "Historically Speaking." Robert Singer is a professor of English and Film Studies at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY. They both live in Brooklyn.

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