Manhattan plays itself

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Last night the first episode of Russian Doll impressed for a number of reasons (concept, Natasha Lyonne, homeless girlfriend actress) but I was really struck by just how definitive New York City is as a location. The light, the streetscape, the whole milieu is indelible. The topic has probably been subconsciously lurking as the latest season of High Maintenance unfolds because they also take full advantage of location New York (they’re also probably creating a contemporary oral and visual history of the place but that’s another story).

The amazing thing is that locations aren’t used more aggressively. I was just reading an interview with Rossellini about his post war films, of course they were made on location out of necessity, but the sensation that comes from place is indelible.


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