A tale of two cities. Or, how NYC changed between the original Fame and the new one

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Remember (remember, remember, remember) the original movie Fame by Alan Parker from 1980, the moment when New York City was the centre of the universe in all its filthy, druggy, sparkly, grungy, punky glory? Ugly Jewish girls, Italian boys with retarded Brian May hair, tortured gays, craggy teachers, filthy streets…

Fast forward to the inevitable (well, since High School Musical it was inevitable) 2009 remake and you’ll find that New York – just like real life – has been completely scrubbed, spritzed, rekitted out in its best American Apparel and sent out to dance IN PERFECT UNISON upon the regulation cabs, roofs, whatevers. Gone are the misfits, the uglies, the fats. In their place, the usual teen hookers and perfect Zac Effron-a-likeys.

See both videos – the new one and the original – over the jump and make notes on the changes you see and debate whether New York was more fun when it was more scum. Ooh, it’s like school… 

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4 comments to “A tale of two cities. Or, how NYC changed between the original Fame and the new one”

  1. If even one of those kids tried to dance on my car I’d rip kick them right in the fanny.

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  2. Oh, thems were the days…

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  3. From sexy to sanitized.

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  4. And Magan Mullally has a bit-part in this new version, no? Hopefully no-one will notice.

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