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Welcome to Mean Street Cinema, your #1 resource for all the films that showcased New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. Some people call this a low point for NYC – maybe so, but the city never looked cooler on camera.

from Abel Ferrara’s Driller Killer (1979)

We grew up watching these films. Some of us even moved to New York because of these films. Though the City as it was then is no more, the films live on.

The following quotation from the introduction to Murray Pomerance’s City That Never Sleeps: New York and the Filmic Imagination sums up our perspective as well as anything:

“Writing of New York as ‘cinema city,’ Richard A. Blake points to Jean Baudrillard’s ‘amazed’ insight that New York seems to have been engendered by its image on the big screen, that to grasp it ‘you should not . . . begin with the city and move inwards to the screen; you should begin with the screen and move outwards to the city.’ … Although Baudrillard cannot really be said to inhabit the book you are about to read in the way his most adoring readers would wish, these pages start from the perspective that he is essentially right: to be in love with the movies, and also in love with New York, requires an affinity with his point of view. New York onscreen is New York, for those of us who have needed not only to walk its sidewalks but also to watch it in the dark. And it is true that for lovers of this screened New York, we travel from it to the city and not the other way around.”

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