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Scenes in the City

Film Visions of Manhattan Before 9/11


David I. Grossvogel

On September 11, 2001, a major part of Manhattan’s skyline vanished. Before the tragic events of that day, New York has been the object of a love-hate relationship with the rest of the country. Its skyline had set the stage for innumerable motion pictures that showed the city at its most brilliant, as well as its most shadowy. Focusing its examination solely on Manhattan, Scenes in the City traces the growth, history, and myths of this legendary borough through some of the films whose significance it inflected.