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Celluloid Town

Aug 20, 2008 3:35 PM | 0 comments

This week, Brooklyn real estate blogs were abuzz with the news that the “Moonstruck brownstone” in Brooklyn Heights sold for a cool $4 million. I was reminded of another Brooklyn Heights brownstone with a starring role, in the 1977 film The Sentinel, although the mood is more evil than amore.


The borough, in every conceivable incarnation, has appeared on film: a gang from Coney Island is hunted by rival gangs in The Warriors, and in The Forgotten, aliens steal a Brooklyn Heights resident's kid. Smoke (along with the follow-up, Blue in the Face) and Do the Right Thing offer charming and sometimes anxious neighborhood portraits, revolving around the iconic corner shop.


Mobsters and dysfunctional families are always at home here, as Once Upon a Time in America, The French Connection, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Squid and the Whale will attest. And if you prefer Brooklyn classic—and Ol’ Blue Eyes young—there’s It Happened in Brooklyn.


However you like your Brooklyn—scary, political, romantic or quirky—BPL has a ton of DVDs and videos to choose from. So, snap out of it! and get to a library near you.


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