After the success of THE NAKED CITY, Universal headed to Brooklyn to explore another corner of crime in postwar New York City. Adapted from Irving Shulman’s hard-hitting novel, CITY ACROSS THE RIVER follows a ragtag gang of youths, The Dukes, who get wrapped up in a deadly crime. Director Maxwell Shane shot on location in Williamsburg and cast a series of unknowns (in the process giving Tony Curtis his first speaking role) to push the documentary framing conceit of the film. Focusing on poverty and despair as the roots of crime, upon release it was understood as a direct attack on Brooklyn and made municipal authorities think twice about allowing location filming. DIR/SCR Maxwell Shane; SCR Dennis J. Cooper, based on the novel by Irving Shulman. U.S., 1949, b&w, 91 min. NOT RATED

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CITY ACROSS THE RIVER in 35mm

Introduction by film historian Richard Koszarski on Aug. 19

Copies of Richard Koszarski's book "Keep 'Em in the East: Kazan, Kubrick, and the Postwar New York Film Renaissance" are available for sale at the AFI Silver Café. Koszarki will be available to sign copies on August 19.

After the success of THE NAKED CITY, Universal headed to Brooklyn to explore another corner of crime in postwar New York City. Adapted from Irving Shulman’s hard-hitting novel, CITY ACROSS THE RIVER follows a ragtag gang of youths, The Dukes, who get wrapped up in a deadly crime. Director Maxwell Shane shot on location in Williamsburg and cast a series of unknowns (in the process giving Tony Curtis his first speaking role) to push the documentary framing conceit of the film. Focusing on poverty and despair as the roots of crime, upon release it was understood as a direct attack on Brooklyn and made municipal authorities think twice about allowing location filming. DIR/SCR Maxwell Shane; SCR Dennis J. Cooper, based on the novel by Irving Shulman. U.S., 1949, b&w, 91 min. NOT RATED

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91 Minutes
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Friday, August 19, 2022
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