Suggestions for gritty NYC in the 70s movies

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Edgard Varese, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Probably by 1983 or so, but movies shot from about 1979-1982 definitely have more of a “gray/blue” grit than the “brown/orange” of the early-mid 70’s.
     
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  2. jjhunsecker

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    I saw her several times during her "dancing" engagements
     
  3. MortSahlFan

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    "Fat City" which is one of my favorite movies directed by John Huston
     
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  4. The Wanderer

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  5. poppys

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    Screwed up my first post, ack, oh well... Love this thread with so many good suggestions. Used to see Miguel Pinero around the neighborhood too. He always carried a golf club like a cane. And of course Iggy.
     
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    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

  7. Graham

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    But it takes place in Stockton, California.
     
  8. MortSahlFan

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    Oh, my mistake.
     
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  9. Same reason why I didn’t list The New Centurions or The Streets of San Francisco!
     
  10. But, the PBS documentary The Police Tapes is probably the ultimate expression of 70’s grit and grime.
     
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    Mikey and Nicky ---- Cassavetes and Falk are great in this. Well written. Tragic AND funny. 10/10., and it's on YouTube in full..

     
  12. Graham

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    Nice Criterion blu-ray of this too.
     
  13. unclefred

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    RIP Larry Cohen and Abel Farrara.
     
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  14. Shot in the UK.

    Also, I love how it just recycles Page's score from II
     
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  15. Graham

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    Ferrara is still alive.
     
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  16. unclefred

    unclefred Coastie with the Moastie

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    oh good!
     
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    The Panic in needle park
     
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  18. Randall DeBouvre

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    Italianamerican -1974
    Scorsese's documentary
     
  19. unclefred

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    "Joe" starring Peter Doyle was very gritty.
     
  20. MortSahlFan

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    This probably inspired Paul Schrader to write "Taxi Driver" which probably led to Michael Douglas in "Falling Down" - the 90s version.
     
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  21. I know it's JUST past the 70's timeline but the 1980 movie, Defiance, starring Jan Michael Vincent, is a gritty New York film.
     
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  22. Graham

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    Yes, it is set in the Lower East Side and some of it is on location but the whole climax on a street is a blatant studio set. Vincent is incredibly bland too and the film is milquetoast next to NYC vigilante grade A trash of the era such as The Exterminator and Vigilante, but that’s another matter.
     
  23. unclefred

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    those are good connections and all were masterfully executed. I thought.
     
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  24. MortSahlFan

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    I agree.. Do you know any other similar kinds of movies? I can't, unfortunately.

    The only movie to even touch upon some of the criticisms of the "modern" world (last 5-10 yrs) has been "I, Daniel Blake" but it's nothing like those movies above. It is a great movie, though.
     
  25. Graham

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    Nightcrawler?
     

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