New York has been on my mind a lot recently, but a trip to the city is not on the horizon… but one can dream!
Like many other big cities, NYC has been in many great films. Woody Allen alone has used the city as the backdrop in many of his movies.
Here’s a list of three good films set in New York:
1. Annie Hall
Manhattan is probably Woody Allen’s most famous film, but Annie Hall is definitely my favourite.
It is an amazingly neurotic film, with hilarious quotes like:
“You’re like New York, Jewish, left-wing, liberal, intellectual, Central Park West, Brandeis University, the socialist summer camps and the, the father with the Ben Shahn drawings, right, and the really, y’know, strike-oriented kind of, red diaper, stop me before I make a complete imbecile of myself.”
It really couldn’t be set anywhere else in the world.
I’ve watched Big lots of times – the last one was just a few weeks ago! It is a classic 80s film, hilarious and light-hearted.
The ‘piano scene’ is a classic, and you can still play in the original piano at FAO Schwartz, which is ideally located on 5th Avenue, right next to Central Park.
3. Black Swan
Black Swan is a great film to watch on a cold night. The thriller is set around a production of Swan Lake in New York City, and although it is sombre, I’d still count it as light entertainment.
Plus there are some great dance scenes as well!