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City That Never Sleeps

New York and the Filmic Imagination

by Murray Pomerance(ed.) ; Wheeler Winston Dixon(contrib.) ; Barry Keith Grant(contrib.) ; Aaron Baker(contrib.) ; Gwendolyn Audrey Foster(contrib.) ; Paula J. Massood(contrib.) ; Steven Alan Carr(contrib.) ; Joe McElhaney(contrib.) ; William Rothman(contrib.) ; David Sterritt(contrib.) ; David Gerstner(contrib.) ; Randy Thom(contrib.) ; Elizabeth Weis(contrib.) ; Scott Bukatman(contrib.) ; Pamela Grace(contrib.) ; David Desser(contrib.) ; William Luhr(contrib.) ; Peter Lehman(contrib.)
City That Never Sleeps by Murray Pomerance
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New York, more than any other city, has held a special fascination for filmmakers and viewers. In every decade of Hollywood filmmaking, artists of the screen have fixated upon this fascinating place for its tensions and promises, dazzling illumination and fearsome darkness.

The glittering skyscrapers of such films as On the Town have shadowed the characteristic seedy streets in which desperate, passionate stories have played out-as in Scandal Sheet and The Pawnbroker. In other films, the city is a cauldron of bright lights, technology, empire, egotism, fear, hunger, and change--the scenic epitome of America in the modern age.

From Street Scene and Breakfast at Tiffany's to Rosemary's Baby, The Warriors, and 25th Hour, the sixteen essays in this book explore the cinematic representation of New York as a city of experience, as a locus of ideographic characters and spaces, as a city of moves and traps, and as a site of allurement and danger. Contributors consider the work of Woody Allen, Blake Edwards, Alfred Hitchcock, Gregory La Cava, Spike Lee, Sidney Lumet, Vincente Minnelli, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Andy Warhol, and numerous others.

 

Rutgers University Press; May 2007
300 pages; ISBN 9780813541341
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Title: City That Never Sleeps
Author: Murray Pomerance; Wheeler Winston Dixon; Barry Keith Grant; Aaron Baker; Gwendolyn Audrey Foster; Paula J. Massood; Steven Alan Carr; Joe McElhaney; William Rothman; David Sterritt; David Gerstner; Randy Thom; Elizabeth Weis; Scott Bukatman; Pamela Grace; David Desser; William Luhr; Peter Lehman
 
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0813541344
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