Mukunda Angulo, star of the critically acclaimed documentary The Wolfpack, shares how four iconic New York films helped shape who he is.
Romantic Comedy. Directed by Woody Allen. Starring Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Mariel Hemingway, and Woody Allen.
Nominated for two Academy Awards.
“The first time I saw this movie, I got to see a side of New York I hadn't seen in other films. It also illustrated how weird and crazy relationships can get. The opening of the film, in black and white, dazzled me with its epic shots of Manhattan. To this day, it's a film that screams to me how special New York City can be.”
TAXI DRIVER, 1976.
Psychological Thriller. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, and Cybill Shepherd.
Nominated for four Academy Awards.
“This was one of the first films I ever saw, and it taught me what a taxi actually was. On those rare occasions when we could leave the apartment, whenever I would see a cab, I would call it the “Taxi Driver car.” This film showed me how dangerous and crazy life can be, and how hard driving a cab can get. And, of course, I’d talk to myself in the mirror reciting De Niro's line "you talkin’ to me?" I still recite lines from the film while walking the streets of New York, and often wonder what it would it be like to have a mohawk.”
MIDNIGHT COWBOY, 1969.
Drama. Directed by John Schlesinger. Starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman.
Winner of three Academy Awards.
“I actually didn't love this movie when I first saw it. I was about 13 or 14 years old and it felt different than the other New York-based films. Today, though, it's one of my all-time favorite New York films, and probably my favorite Jon Voight film. It’s a movie that reminds me to look at the people on the streets of New York and remember that, like Joe Buck, they all have a story to tell.”
THE FRENCH CONNECTION, 1971.
Dramatic Action Thriller. Directed by William Friedkin. Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, and Roy Schedier.
Winner of an Academy Award for Best Picture.
“The performances and storytelling in this film completely captured me, and seeing what New York looked like in the 70s was fascinating. It also was an inspiration for me in a style sense—a way for me to model how I dress in the wintertime. And it taught me how important location is. In movies, the locations can feel just like a character. And New York City is most definitely a character.”