Visit a grittier NYC in movie series
A gritty chapter of New York’s reel life is in the spotlight at the Museum of the Moving Image, which is currently featuring a series of NYC-set film classics made between 1967 and 1975.
“Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-75” takes its name from the ironic term applied to the city around the time of Mayor John V. Lindsay’s administration, when the five boroughs were struck by tumultuous events, soaring crime rates, economic struggles and general urban malaise.
The New York-set and -shot movies, curated by veteran film critic J. Hoberman, showcase a city that’s far removed from today’s metropolis. It’s a world of satanic horrors inside an Upper West Side apartment (“Rosemary’s Baby,” screening Friday), hard-nosed cops (“The French Connection,” which screens Aug. 24) and male prostitutes befriending a crippled con man on a sleazy, decayed 42nd Street (“Midnight Cowboy,” Aug. 25).
Other offerings include “Across 110th Street,” the original “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and “The Panic in Needle Park,” one of Al Pacino’s first movies.
Film screenings are free to the public with museum admission.
“Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-75” is at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 34th Ave., Astoria, through Sept. 1. 718-777-6888, movingimage.us