Alarming News

July 31, 2005

My second city

I finally got around to watching ‘City by the Sea’, (contrary to reviews, it’s not the worst movie ever made, though at some points it seems to be solidly in the running), a movie with Robert DeNiro set in the beach community of Long Beach, a Long Island city 20 miles or so outside New York where I spent a series of summers in my teens. The Long Beach of the film is a decrepit, ailing place with a ruined boardwalk and a healthy druggie problem. The one I remember was a middle-class town of cops, firemen and teachers, pot smoking teenagers and drunkish beach bums. I know the film’s Long Beach is gone, I think mine is too as the last decade has seen rapid development, combined with escalating real estate prices, that have made the city a hot beach destination.

A discussion over on IMDB has some residents of Long Beach mad about the movie’s portrayal of their city, including questions on whether the City of Long Beach can sue this movie for libel (can they, lawyers?). ‘I just saw this movie last night and I was REALLY confused. Mmm. I have never heard of another Long Beach and this didnt really resemble the Long Beach I grew up in. It was misleading to represent this city in such a way. Long Beach bears no resemblance at all to this movie. I have never seen the desolate, rundown, dangerous place that this movie portryaed it as.’

Or, ‘the movie looks like the rockaways on a bad day – maybe’.


I like this comment: ‘Honey, it’s a movie. It all movies had to represent truth… well, then I would be a gangsta and a wiseguy and a rabbi just because I live in Brooklyn.’

Wait, so we’re not all gangsta, wiseguy, rabbis?

Posted by Karol at 04:02 AM |

whether the City of Long Beach can sue this movie for libel
uh…no. but since you are not paying me, this does not constitute legal advice that should be followed or believed in anyway, so please consult your own lawyers.

Posted by: Not Dawn Summers at July 31, 2005 at 10:56 am

I’m from Philadelphia. Can I sue those who made “Rocky”? After all, not everyone in South Philly goes around yelling “Yo, Adriane!!”

Posted by: Justin at July 31, 2005 at 3:33 pm

Or us in Texas? Contrary to the portrayal presented in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, we do not spontaneously clap and sing “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Posted by: Shawn at July 31, 2005 at 5:08 pm

Can y’all please start, then? That’s really endearing.

Posted by: Jay at August 1, 2005 at 9:46 am

Heh heh – remind me to tell you who I saw while on my date last night…

Posted by: Ari at August 1, 2005 at 12:22 pm

Can y’all please start, then? That’s really endearing.
Heh. No way! Besides there’s better songs out there.

Posted by: Shawn at August 1, 2005 at 9:18 pm
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