Saturday, March 25

NYC Subway Film #1: The Incident - Larry Peerce (1967)

Wikipedia - "The Incident is a 1967 American neo noir film written by Nicholas E. Baehr (based on his teleplay Ride with Terror, which had been previously adapted as a 1963 television film), directed by Larry Peerce and starring Beau Bridges, Tony Musante, Brock Peters and Martin Sheen in his first film role. It tells the story of two young hoodlums who, after mugging a man at knifepoint, board a New York City subway train and terrorize the passengers. The film was made for a budget of $1,050,000. ... The New York City Transit Authority denied permission to film on its property, including background shots, but the filmmakers shot them anyway. Cinematographer Gerald Hirschfeld and an assistant rode the subway with a hidden camera, and when its sound was noticed, they stopped and came back later to finish the job. Hirschfeld said in an interview that he filmed in black and white in order to get 'the most realistic style of photography possible'; test shots were taken in muted color but they were deemed a distraction from the desired 'somber' effect. ..."
The Big Ugly: Larry Peerce’s ‘The Incident’
The Incident (1967) New York Subway Noir
NY Times: 'The Incident' on View at Two Theaters:Tale of Subway Terror Is Taken From TV
W - IRT Jerome Avenue Line, W - 170th Street (IRT Jerome Avenue Line)
YouTube: "The Incident" with Tony Musante and Martin Sheen
YouTube: The Incident 1:39:31