Brooklyn Heights Quote of the Week

Even better than “sport[s] some of the best shopping….”

David Edelstein, in his New York Magazine review of Roman Polanski’s Carnage (which he describes as “No Exit for anxious breeders”):

The action unfolds in the Longstreets’ Brooklyn Heights apartment, from which, Alan notes, glancing out the window at a passing train, “You can see the El!” — suggesting no one involved in the film has ever been to Brooklyn Heights.

Edelstein goes on to note: “Polanski can be forgiven for not shooting Carnage in this city, given the certainty he’d be arrested as soon as he stepped off the plane for the rape of a minor.”

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  • AEB

    Polanski shooting in BH. One can dream, can’t one?

  • EHinBH

    When we saw the play it was our understanding that the apartment and school were in Carrol Gardens… Wonder why the movie is being set in The Heights…

  • Claude Scales

    EH: I suspect that the people producing the movie just thought that the name Brooklyn Heights was more recognizable than Carroll Gardens.

  • Monty

    I would love to have Polanski filming in BH. Right after he finishes his sentence for raping a minor.

  • dave

    They actually never say they are in the heights in the film and are more likely in CG since they discuss a flower shop “all the way up henry.” I think edelstein just assumed it was BH because the opening scene takes place at brooklyn bridge park. However, that is also not the case as the proper skyline is behind the park but there is a two-lane street with occasional passing cars between the park and the water. Solid performances in the flick though!

  • Eddyenergizer

    Reminds me of an putrid movie from the 80’s “Over The Brooklyn Bridge”. The opening scene depicted a car driving over the Manhattan Bridge…

  • AEB

    Perhaps Polanski could serve time AND shoot a film in BH simultaneously. Or are they the same thing?

  • carol

    Polanski isn’t old enough to use the excuse that there was an EL in Brooklyn Heights (or nearby) the last time he was in the US!

  • Elmer Fudd

    Just think of the parking problems.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    dave is entirely correct about the scene in “Carnage” that takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Attached in the opening scene of the trailer, we see a park but not our park. (Immediately follows a 10 second commercial)

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    I saw the play and all the action takes place inside an apartment.

  • Andrew Porter

    You USED to be able to see the El from Brooklyn Heights, There were elevated trains on Myrtle Avenue (torn down in the early 70s), the trains that used to go across the Brooklyn Bridge (with the train storage area where the block containing the War Memorial is), and there were elevated trains on Fulton Street which terminated at the Fulton Ferry. You can STILL see trains going across the Manhattan Bridge, if your view is high enough.

  • Paul Zelinsky

    I think the park is on Governors’ Island.