Saturday, May 25, 2013

Coney Island

Situated on the Atlantic Ocean, at the southernmost part of Brooklyn near the western mass of Long Island, Coney Island is a small mass of land that at the end of the 19th Century became home to the first American theme park. Featuring amusements and sideshows, it was an incredibly celebrated destination for city residents and tourists, increasing in attendance every year, and fading just shortly after the close of World War II due the ever increasing mobility of society. Ric Burns' film is a loving profile of the beloved theme park, assembled from a wealth of footage which, somewhat perplexingly, doesn't always manage to completely capture one's full attention.