Be they period films, cult classics, or elaborate directorial love letters, New York City has played--and continues to play--a central role in the imaginations of filmmakers and moviegoers worldwide. The stomping grounds of King Kong, it is also the place where young Jakie Rabinowitz of "The Jazz Singer" realizes his Broadway dream. Later, it is the backdrop against which taxi driver Travis Bickle exacts a grisly revenge.The inaugural volume in an exciting new series from Intellect, "World Film Locations: New York" pairs incisive profiles of quintessential New York filmmakers--among them Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, and Spike Lee--with essays on key features of the city's landscape that have appeared on the big screen, from the docks to Coney Island, Times Square to the Statue of Liberty. More than forty-five location-specific scenes from films made and set in New York are separately considered and illustrated with screen shots and photographs of the locations as they appear now. For film fans keen to follow the cinematic trail either physically or in the imagination, this pocket-sized guide also includes city maps with information on how to locate key features. Presenting a varied and thought-provoking collage of the city onscreen--from the silent era to the present--"World Film Locations: New York" provides a fascinating and historic look back at the rich diversity of locations that have provided the backdrop for some of the most memorable films.