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Leon Bernstein is New York's best news photographer in 1942, equally at home with cops or crooks. The pictures are often of death and pain, but they are the ones the others wish they had got. Then glamorous Kay Levitz turns to him when the Mob seem to be muscling in on the club she owns due to some arrangement with her late husband. Bernstein, none too successful with women, agrees to help, saying there may be some good photos in it for him. In fact, he is falling in love with Kay.Written by
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When Kay leafs through Bernstein' photo album, there is picture of a New York City taxi with a rectangular roof light which displays not only the word "Taxi" but also whether the taxi is off duty and its medallion number. Those signs did not come into service until the 1960s. In the 1940s, when the movie is set, New York City taxis used a variety of curved roof lights used in most other cities. See more »
One of my favorite movies -- about a person from the history of photography
Without actually researching Bernstein's history, I'll say this movie is a true story. Certainly his work is historically portrayed. Anyone who has ever admired the work of photographers or aspired to photography themselves must see this film. And the story is absolutely fantastic. Certainly, reality is frequently a more exciting subject matter then fantasy in movies.
This is also an excellent slice of life from the WWII period of US history. It is a subject all too often ignored in favor of war movies set in Europe. "The Summer of '42" is another interesting period piece.
Hat's off to Joe Pesci for his excellent performance in this film.
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