TCM makes New York the first of its ‘Cin­e­matic Cities’

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“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-byneigh­bor­hood 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.’ ”

“On the Town”

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