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New York movies: Regeneration (1915)
New York movies: Regeneration (1915)

Regeneration (1915), directed by Raoul Walsh (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Regeneration, directed by Raoul Walsh; No. 62 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

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Raoul Walsh’s silent tale of a poor kid who grows up into a criminal bigwig not only gave birth to the gangster movie, it was one of the few films to use actual New York City locations (specifically, the rough-and-tumble tenements of the Bowery) to add authenticity to its gritty rise-and-fall parable. It’s the first genuine NYC movie.—David Fear

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