"Fun City" Screenings to Celebrate Gritty Golden Age of New York Cinema

Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman in John Schlesinger's Midnight Cowboy (1969), screening August 25, 2013, at Museum of the Moving Image as part of the series "Fun City." Image courtesy of Park Circus.
August 1, 2013 - This August, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens will be hosting “Fun City,” a screening series dedicated to New York films made during the turbulent, gritty and formative years of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Just before the beginning of this era in American filmmaking, New York Mayor John V. Lindsay innovated the way film productions interacted with the City, removing the impediments to filmmaking in the five boroughs. This led to the creation of some of the most famous American films of all time. The name “Fun City” recognizes – ironically – the fact that many of these films were brutally honest in their depiction of New York, showing audiences a city going through radical social and economic upheaval.

“Fun City,” will be curated by film critic and historian J. Hoberman and will feature nineteen iconic New York films such as Midnight Cowboy, The French Connection, Dog Day Afternoon and Rosemary’s Baby. The screenings will take place weekend afternoons from August 10 until September 1. Hoberman will also be publishing a monograph that will include an overview of the series as well as some notes and commentary about the individual films.

To learn more and see a full schedule of the screenings, visit

- Jordan Gary
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