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Mosaic Flowerpots on Film

Mosaic Flowerpots on Film

Joseph Sciorra (June 20, 2013)
Decorated flowerpots from the 1971 film "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight."

A 1971 movie reveals the mother lode of Brooklyn planters.


I recently watched the pre-Godfather mob farce The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight—purely for professional reasons, I assure you—and had to resist the urge to fast-forward the scenes of gangster hokum and mafia minstrelsy.  Even with

a young Robert DeNiro as an Italian cyclist and Jerry Orbach as a bumbling hood (based on “Crazy” Joe Gallo), the film is painful to sit through.  But just at the moment when I was ready to call it quits, a short scene came on the screen depicting a Brooklyn house with pebble mosaics unlike anything seen to date.  

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The sheer intensity of pebbles is remarkable for a private home.  Nine huge urns covered with stone, the balcony trimmed with pebbles in a demonstration of abundance and delight with this decorative tradition.  

But where is it?  In the previous scene, a character proclaims its “Ocean Parkway.”  But is it?  It’s hard to tell.  And if so, is the house still standing?

(grazie Lucia Grillo and Laura Ruberto)

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