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New York at the Movies (2002)

Meryl Streep conducts us to a trip to New York City as presented in many films during the 20th Century, and how its cultural importance and impact are important to viewers. With a ... See full summary »


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Rose Ganguzza (creator)


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Credited cast:
Meryl Streep ... Narrator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Bacall ... Herself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Richard Brown Richard Brown ... Himself
Edward Burns ... Himself
Nora Ephron ... Herself
Spike Lee ... Himself
Sidney Lumet ... Himself
Paul Mazursky ... Himself
Liza Minnelli ... Herself
Tim Robbins ... Himself
James Sanders James Sanders ... Himself
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
Pat Scott Pat Scott ... Herself (as Patricia Reed-Scott)
John Turturro ... Himself


Meryl Streep conducts us to a trip to New York City as presented in many films during the 20th Century, and how its cultural importance and impact are important to viewers. With a comprehensive gathering of clips from films between 1910's and 1990's, the documentary presents the mandatory classic films that presented the city and its multiple cultural variations, situations and the great stories filmed there. Actors and directors also discuss how they view the city in reality and also through the pictures. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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You can't fake New York!









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17 March 2002 (USA) See more »

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Ignores too much of the top flight.
5 March 2003 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This documentary is essentially a paean to New York City rather than an attempt at a comprehensive overview of films based there, and is restricted to a rather limited grouping of movies and performers who appear repeatedly, thereby neglecting a raft of major works from both the silent era and modern cinema, resulting in a curiously inbred feeling amid the Gothamite encomia. After a brief introduction by Meryl Streep, we are in store for a formulaic series of talking trunks interspersed with filmic samples, moving and elsewise, Peter Bogdanovich offering the most interesting and informed comments relating to historical makers of cinema, while Sidney Lumet also contributes something of value, whereas such as Tim Robbins, Liza Minelli and starry eyed Nora Ephron are primarily steeped in urbanite proselytism. The initial portion of this visual anthology is the most impressive and the film should be seen by cineastes because of it, although Hollywood's sets are ironically more striking than is the intent, and an ongoing litany regarding the value of New York locations is, as a result, unconvincing, while the editing, although skillful, provides a tiresome glut of repetitious and unidentified stills where short and more variegated clips from a vast reservoir would have been more useful and stimulating.

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