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An old gripe of Woody Allen was that America hated New York (“The rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re leftwing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers!” he rails in “Annie Hall”). For most of his life he had stuck staunchly by his city, showing the rest of America just what “leftwing pornographers” could accomplish, until he couldn’t stand it anymore and left for London.

My guess is that he just couldn’t take the hatred. Movie after movie got its kicks out of destroying New York (“Independence Day,” “Godzilla,” even “Ghostbusters”), each deploying the latest and coolest in special effects to enhance the trauma.

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