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New York, New York

Whenever I’m asked which city I’d most like to live in I always say Paris. Mainly because I have an obsessive attraction to everything French, even though my knowledge of the language remains minimal. As far as being a lover of all things artistic goes, though, I’d probably choose New York in a heartbeat.
Circle Line New YorkWhen it comes to this site Meg Ryan seems to have the monopoly on New York. It probably makes sense, because she’s lived there for years, and her characters exude that sense of zany neuroses that people tend to associate with the city, Addicted to Love‘s Maggie more than most.liptastic-maggieDespite my affinity for Maggie, it isn’t Meg who I turn to first when I hear the name of the city, I turn to Michelle. Not just as a fan of Pfeiffer’s fabulous comedic cadence, but because I really do believe that One Fine Day is one of the finest New York movies of the nineties.
Melanie (Michelle Pfeiffer)One Fine Day may be a bauble. A beautiful, enjoyable and insignificant bauble, but it’s ultimately a rewarding experience. For me, its themes effectively evoke that gritty realness, bathed in the sort of magical sheen that best encapsulates the cities larger than life aura. Plus, the film’s most iconic scene – as far as I’m concerned – takes place at the Bethesda Fountain. And what could be more symbolic of New York than Central Park?Bethesda FountainIn contrast to the dark and disturbed SoHo of Addicted to LoveOne Fine Day revels in New York City at its appealing best. From the Circle Line to the 21 club to Radio City Music Hall, cinematographer Oliver Stapleton lingers on the locations, capturing the essence of one of the most photogenic cities on earth.New York (One Fine Day)In truth, as much as I’d be interested in seeing New York for the tourist attractions, if I do end up there I’ll probably divide my time between the cinema and the locations of my favourite movies, or maybe I’ll do like Jane Fonda and go barefoot in the park.
Central ParkI don’t know. New York seems a perfect tourist’s paradise. I’m a reluctant tourist at heart, but I do so want to go there.
Are there any New Yorkers reading?



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