What are some films shot in cities (real or invented) that you really enjoy because of how well they use the urban landscape? When I see a film set in a city, I love to experience the location through the images the filmmaker uses to tell the story.
Some of mine would include:
The Crowd (1928) - King Vidor Metropolis (1927) - Fritz Lang Blade Runner - (1982) - Ridley Scott Vertigo (1958) - Alfred Hitchcock The 400 Blows (1959) - Francois Truffaut On the Waterfront (1954) - Elia Kazan The Bicycle Thieves (1948) - Vittorio De Sica Roma, Open City (1945) - Roberto Rosselli
Ghost in the Shell (1995) -- I don't feel at home in the urban landscape. I'm especially freaked out by Arlington VA, which is a giant prison city that people pay big money to live in. Gives me the heebie-jeebies. No other movie has successfully replicated my anxiety so well as this film, in which Motoko is not at home anywhere in this vast metropolis.
A Ghost Story (2016) -- In a similar vein, there are passages to this movie that are deeply unsettling in the way they use our modern monoliths.
Girl Walk // All Day (2011) -- On the flipside, we have this: A no-budget, dialogue-free musical(?) filmed on the streets of NYC that successfully uses both the touristy destinations and the less frequented parts of town.
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