In 1966, New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay created the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting to promote movie production in the city.
Lindsay wanted Hollywood to notice the Big Apple was film-friendly and decades of hurdles to filming were simplified allowing producers to go to one agency for necessary permits.
The results were violent cop dramas, “The French Connection,” bleak social comedies, “Little Murders” and gritty urban tales, “Midnight Cowboy,” which were all pure New York City.
Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image tips its hat to Lindsay and his legacy with its current series “Fun City: New York in the Movies 1967-75.”
This weekend, you can catch “The French Connection” and “Across 110th Street” on Saturday. And “Coogan’s Bluff” and “Midnight Cowboy” on Sunday.
The series runs through Sept. 1. For a complete listing, check out the museum’s website.