Top 50 Greatest NYC Movies — #39
Up the Down Staircase (dir. Robert Mulligan, 1967)
The first feature film to be shot entirely on location in New York City under the auspices of the new Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting set the stage for an industry that now employs over 130,000 New Yorkers to the tune of over $7 billion. Sandy Dennis’ iconic performance as a rookie high school teacher in a tough neighborhood was filmed in East Harlem at an actual public high school. It looked like no New York City movie before, but would be emulated and improved upon many times after. And it remains a triumphant story of the power of passion for learning among kids whose chances were few.
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