Film buffs eye movie locations in Brooklyn

Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:40am EDT
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By Paula Rogo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From an old-world Italian restaurant where Leonardo DiCaprio ate to the bakery where Cher found love, a New York tour company is taking movie fans to see where their favorite films were shot -- in Brooklyn.

Photographs of DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese are proudly displayed in the window of Ferdinando's Foccaceria restaurant, a location for the 2006 film "The Departed," which won the Academy Award for best picture.

The fact that "The Departed" was set in Boston makes it an even more exciting find.

"Brooklyn is now the 'it' borough and people are not as interested in big bad Manhattan as much anymore," said Pauline Gacanja, spokesperson for On Location Tours Inc. "People are always surprised about how many movies have been filmed there."

The four-hour Brooklyn TV & Movie tour, which begins in lower Manhattan before crossing into Brooklyn, showcases the bridges, restaurants and brownstones featured on the small and big screens.

"It was great seeing where 'Moonstruck' was filmed," Tessa Benjamin, 38, of Dallas, Texas said about the 1987 film for which Cher won an Oscar for best actress in the romantic comedy that also starred Nicolas Cage.

Benjamin's 13-year old daughter was just as excited to see a house in a quaint neighborhood that featured in "Remember Me", the movie starring teen heart-throb Robert Pattinson.

The tour includes more than 40 locations such as the historic Brooklyn Bridge, which featured prominently in the 1971 film "The French Connection," which won the Best Picture Oscar, the courthouse seen in "American Gangster" and the bakery made famous in "Moonstruck".   Continued...