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'Superfly': A Racial Divide In A Fun City

  • By Erik Luers
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  • August 16, 2013 11:19 AM
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A new film series curated by critic J. Hoberman, “Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-75,” got off the ground last Saturday afternoon at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. A primarily weekend event running through September 1st, the retrospective seeks to draw attention to the New York films of yesteryear, films featuring on-location shooting gleefully encouraged by then Mayor John V. Lindsay; Lindsay described his rundown NYC as a “Fun City.” The result was some excellent films that leaned on their locales for extra doses of hard-knocks and gritty gravitas. Directors such as Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin and Sidney Lumet subsequently made their presence known.