|A simpler time!|
|Coney Island in the 1930s - I imagine my grandma is down there somewhere, cheek-to-cheek with other beachgoers.|
|Victimized by fire, urban blight, graffiti, and street gangs, Coney Island looked kinda like this in the 70s. Notice the inset of the applauding bunny. He's clearly happy about what a mess the humans made of things.|
By the time The Warriors takes place, most of this exists only in archival photographs and aging memories. Like much of New York, the island of rabbits was now hopping with street toughs. It’s this milieu that Yurick portrays in his book and that Walter Hill captured somewhat more fantastically in his film. Yurick’s gang The Dominators are a group of black/Hispanic teenagers, but Hill was compelled by Paramount to make his Warriors partly white, too (and also a bit more heroic). However, whatever the differences between the film and the book, both represent a period in the resort's history where gangs ruled in the shadow of the Wonder Wheel.
|The Warriors Director's Cut features rotoscoping aplenty|
Whether it’s the Furies or the Turnbull ACs or the club-wielding cops, no one can take down the Warriors. They are the coolest, toughest, most confident gang in the city and this film subtly celebrates the people of Brooklyn and their superiority to those in the other boroughs. Although I didn’t grow up here, am not in a gang, and certainly wouldn’t stand a polar bear’s chance in hell against The Furies, watching The Warriors kick ass kind of makes me feel a bit of that pride, too. And what’s film for if not to enable a little fantasy?
|The villainous Luther is about to get served, Coney style|
BAM Pride! We have a cameo in The Warriors in the form of a listing on the subway map during the opening credits! Sadly, we were cut out of the video game intro (jump to the end to see that video).
Below are some pictures I took of Coney Island on a beautiful October weekend:
|Now $8 a pop, I think this ride was a 25 cents when my Gramma was a wee lass.|
|Luna Park Redux|
|Scary Halloween photo #1|
|Scary Halloween photo #2|
|Scary (but fabulous) Halloween photo #3. I kind of wanted to ask this guy where he shops.|
|Wedding photos under the pier|
And just for fun, here is the intro in the video game of The Warriors, which is strikingly similar (as in nearly exact) to the intro in the film. Be forewarned, there is some offensive language in the video:
BAMcinématek celebrates BAM's 150th anniversary by screening a film shot in Brooklyn every month through December 2012. For more details, visit BAM.org/BrooklynCloseUp