New Hollywood

10 Famous Movie Directors Synonymous With One City

By Conor Lochrie

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Just as cinema and its techniques evolved from the beginning of the 20th century, an interesting parallel presented itself in the increasing industrialization of modern life from this time onwards. Both became intertwined; the urban landscape provided the film industry with the infrastructure and resources it needed to thrive, with cinema helping to shape how we viewed and understood the urban form.

Finding a prominent starting point in the Weimar Republic’s fascination with the future of modern metropolises in the 1920’s, filmmakers began to use cities more and more for inspiration, with all facets of its form being explored.

Consider, for example, the dark visions of the New Hollywood movement: films like Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) portrayed New York and the urban realm as chaotic and dangerous, an alienating place to find oneself.

Given this close connection, it was only natural that certain filmmakers focused their attention on specific places that they had a greater feel for. By delving deeper into one city, they could reveal more about its interior life and daily existence. This list looks at 10 prominent connections, beginning with the likeliest and most obvious example.

1. Woody Allen – Manhattan (New York)

The most stereotypical example on this list, Woody Allen became renowned as the New York director. It’s important however, to narrow this down: for a city of New York’s size and magnitude, it would be impossible for one person to capture what it meant to live there—the experiences of its citizens vary too vastly. Therefore, it’s more pertinent to say that Allen’s work detailed Manhattan life, especially a middle-class, intellectual Upper Manhattan lifestyle.

A comedian by trade, after starting out making pure comedy films like Bananas (1971) and Take the Money and Run (1969), Allen began what could be termed → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema