New York State of Mind Amoeblog #56: 1970's New York City On Film

Posted by Billyjam, November 13, 2013 01:00pm | Post a Comment

Over the past week since the election win of distinctly left leaning liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio as New York City's next mayor with a landslide win of 73% of the vote, following 20 years / five consecutive terms of conservative Republican mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani who brought sweeping changes to the Big Apple including sharp drop in crime statistics, there has been much talk of what actually lies ahead for the city of New York under the new liberal mayor elect whose "progress" themed campaign platform was run on the promise of bringing sweeping changes (particularly in areas of inequality, most notably the racial profiling of NYPD's 'stop and frisk' policies) to the citizens of New York City. 

One thing that both supporters and detractors of de Blasio seem to share is their uncertainty as to what exactly lies ahead for New York City once the new mayor of "change" takes office on January 1st. All agree that there will be sweeping changes to the running of NYC on a day to day basis particularly in that of the NYPD - but as to what those changes will ultimately mean for New York City is up for debate. Both sides seem to agree that de Blasio will return NYC to an earlier time, but just how much earlier is up for debate. Some have suggested that New York might return to how it was in the 1970's - a time of economic upheaval when Gotham was a dingy, disheveled, crime-ridden metropolis - albeit one romanticized by many in retrospect.

So for this New York State of Mind Amoeblog to get a vibe of what that might be like I've chosen to showcase trailers (all below) from several well known New York City in the 1970's films including the controversial 1974 film Death Wish starring Charles Bronson as Paul Kersey - a New Yorker driven to become a vigilante after his wife is mercilessly murdered and his daughter is sexually assaulted by muggers. Other trailers include for the 1979 cult action/thriller gangs film The Warriors directed by Walter Hill, and the 1977 hit disco dance film Saturday Night Fever directed by John Badham and starring John Travolta as Tony Manero at a time when people were moving from Brooklyn to Manhattan - now it's the other way around.  The other trailers are for the 1972 Blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks, Jr., Super Fly that stars Ron O'Neal, and two Martin Scorsese directed films: 1973's Mean Streets starring Harvey Keitel as a young Italian American on the rise in the New York Mafia, and 1976's Taxi Driver starring Robert De Niro in his most memorable role as returning vet Travis Bickle in New York at the end of the Vietnam War.

Super Fly trailer (1972)

Mean Streets trailer (1973)

Death Wish trailer (1974)

Taxi Driver trailer (1976)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

The Warriors trailer (1979)

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