Beautiful New York

A Celebration of the City

Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #48

Fame (dir. Alan Parker, 1980)

06-05 Fame

When young people – natives or settlers – go to school for the performing arts in this city, they live lives of dedication, desperation, jubilation, and wonder. Parker, a director whose strength has always been vividly depicting a strong sense of time and place, reaches his pinnacle with the famous scene when the kids in Fame burst from the school to literally dance in the streets of Manhattan. Unflinchingly honest about its characters and their chances in the cruel and capricious world of the performing arts, the film takes a good look at how their ethnic and economic backgrounds, their attitudes and family situations, affect their approach to their art. With performances by Paul McCrane, Anne Meara, and a star-making turn by Irene Cara, Fame is the original “high school musical”.

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