In her oft-cited review of The French Connection, Pauline Kael noted the irony that then-NYC Mayor John Lindsay increased film production in the Big Apple only to expose the world to a "horror city" version of New York through consistently dark portrayals in films made there during the late '60s and early '70s (and beyond, after the review was published). Of course, they weren't always exaggerations of how bad the city was at the time, but you'd think the Mayor's Office would have been concerned with how such negative depictions affect tourism (some very popular '80s NYC films, such as Splash and Crocodile Dundee would later seem to be the answer, with their pro-tourism and immigration themes).

A humorous post on the New York Times City Room blog re-imagines some NYC-set films, not just those from "horror city" era, had they been forced to "show the shiny side of the Big Apple." That piece responds to a print article from the Times that takes a look at how some states are indeed censoring what kinds of movies are shot there -- or at least those movies shot there that want to benefit from tax breaks. Michigan has reportedly denied a cannibalism-centered horror film called The Woman (a sequel to Offspring) because "it is unlikely to promote tourism or to present or reflect Michigan in a positive light."
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