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Jason Bailey talks Fun City Cinema, New York and the Movies that Made it

Season 1, Ep. 25

John Bleasdale talks to author Jason Bailey about his new book, described below. You can also hear his podcast at this link.

In Fun City Cinema: New York and the Movies That Made It, author Jason Bailey digs through New York’s last century via one quintessential New York film of each decade: The Jazz Singer, King Kong, The Naked City, Sweet Smell of Success, Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, Wall Street, Kids, 25th Hour, and Frances Ha.


In doing so, Bailey crafts two intertwining histories: of a great American city in flux, and the classic films and legendary filmmakers that took their inspiration from its grittiness and splendor, creating what we can now view as “accidental documentaries” of the city’s moods and modes.


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