Event coordinates with publication of related book
“New York, New York, it’s a wonderful town” … for filmmaking as well as many other things.
The Big Apple has been a setting for numerous pictures, several of which – “On the Town,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “Radio Days,” “North by Northwest” and “The Clock” — will be featured in an evening-long showcase Thursday, Nov. 7, on Turner Classic Movies. The event ties into a new, TCM-branded “Cinematic Cities” book by entertainment journalist Christian Blauvelt, who will co-host the night with channel regular Alicia Malone.
“I’ve spent my entire career in New York City,” Blauvelt says, “so my daily experience overlapped with my love of movies in a natural-enough way for the concept of this book to emerge with relative ease.” Blauvelt considers New York the logical choice to initiate “Cinematic Cities,” deeming it “the place in America where stories most often begin. This is certainly where immigrants to the U.S. most often began their American experience. And it’s where people go from all over the country to start their careers and try to ‘make it.’ ”
The “Cinematic Cities: New York” book is divided into various sections of the city, since Blauvelt realized “a neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach would make more sense, both for tourists to New York City to explore and for New Yorkers to realize places they see all the time are featured in some of their favorite movies. (It) encourages you to get out into the city, book in hand, and visit for yourself the places featured within – and have the fun of jumping into scenes from your favorite movies.
“Some locations are defined by certain films,” adds Blauvelt. “Even though dozens of movies have been filmed at the Plaza Hotel, the one that always stands out above all others is ‘North by Northwest.’ For Grand Central Station, it’s ‘Superman: The Movie.’ For Bedford-Stuyvesant, it’s ‘Do the Right Thing.’ For Coney Island, it’s ‘Annie Hall.’ ”
Hoping to write more “Cinematic Cities” books, Blauvelt has Los Angeles, Chicago (where he pursued his education) and London in mind for future editions. He optimistically declares, “You’ve got my number, TCM!”