Woody Allen’s Ode to Coney Island Comes Out Today

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 at 5:05 am by

Here’s a chance to glimpse Coney Island in its halcyon days, courtesy of Woody Allen.

If you missed Wonder Wheel at the closing of this year’s New York Film Festival, you don’t have to wait any longer to dive into the kaleidoscopic sights and sounds of the beloved amusement park. It’s out today.

Allen has saturated the film with plenty of nostalgia, like a working Parachute Jump and a vibrant Riegelmann Boardwalk. It looks like he even incorporated the old pier that’s no longer there. No high-rises in sight, either. Though set in the 1950s, crews still set up shop at Coney, Brighton Beach, and Vinegar Hill to shoot scenes last September.

Eye candy aside, the film also looks filled with the quirkiness, sly wit, and unequivocal New York-ness that is expected from Woody Allen.

Produced by Amazon studios, Wonder Wheel stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, Jim Belushi, and Juno Temple. The 101 minute film circles around how four people’s lives are entwined amid the hustle and bustle of 1950s Coney Island.

You can see Wonder Wheel at the Angelika Film Center.

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