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Year-end films look to the past to see the present
Year-end films look to the past to see the present

While scouting locations in New York City for their film "A Most Violent Year," producers Anna Gerb and Neal Dodson encountered a problem: It seemed in the 30-odd years since the movie's titular year of 1981, New York had really turned it around. "Even looking for rubble fields in the Bronx or East New York — they just don't exist," says Gerb. Vacant lots that they dressed with debris for the right look "pale in comparison to cities like Detroit, which have a post-apocalyptic feel. Your memory has a funny way — you remember things a little less dirty and grimy." New York sage Billy Joel once opined that the good old days weren't...

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