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Summer of Sam (1999), directed by Spike Lee (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Summer of Sam, directed by Spike Lee; No. 86 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

New York movies: Summer of Sam (1999)

The Bronx represents in Spike Lee’s ominous reconstruction of the 1977 David Berkowitz serial-killer panic, taking root in a city plagued by blackouts, racial tensions and—vividly rendered—a sweltering, inescapable heat. Lee imparts a hometown boy’s feel for pizzerias, hair salons and punk clubs (including the departed CBGB).—Joshua Rothkopf

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