Sunday, August 17, 2014

Belle de Jour (1967)

dir. Luis Buñuel

Many thanks to Lois for taking additional pictures for me.

The coach in the park – Allée du Château, Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, Yvelines, France. It’s a private property and is not open to the public.

The winter resort – Valberg, Guillaumes, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

Séverine’s (Catherine Deneuve) apartment – 8 Rue de Messine, Paris, France.

Séverine coming to Madame Anaïs’ brothel – Rue Léon-Maurice Nordmann at Square Albin Cachot, Paris, France.

Madame Anaïs' (Geneviève Page) brothel – 3 Square Albin Cachot, Paris, France. This is not #1 as some sources claim. The square is closed to non-residents.

Séverine walking in the park before she decides to go back to the brothel – Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, Yvelines, France. Though the film implies it's somewhere near the square, it’s actually to the northwest of Paris on the road to Rouen. Apparently, Buñuel had fondness for that château (or maybe it was just available) since he used it in three different segments of the film.

The hospital where Séverine’s husband Pierre (Jean Sorel) works – Centre Hospitalier Sainte-Anne, 1 Rue Cabanis, Paris, France.

The restaurant where Séverine meets the necrophiliac Duke (Georges Marchal) – La Grande Cascade, Allée de Longchamp, Bois de Boulogne, Paris, France.

The Duke’s estate – Château de Rosny-sur-Seine, Rosny-sur-Seine, Yvelines, France.

Marcel (Pierre Clementi) robs a courier – 79 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France. The building has since been remodeled and it’s a Toyota showroom now.

Marcel crashes into another car – 6 Rue du Docteur Lancereaux, Paris, France.

Marcel shoots a cop – Rue de Messine at rue du Docteur Lancereaux, Paris, France.

Marcel is shot by the police – 15 Rue du Docteur Lancereaux, Paris, France. Some of the buildings in the street have since been demolished.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)

dir. Henry Hathaway

Philip Hannon (Van Johnson) supposedly lives at Portman Square which is indeed close to Baker Street. However, the characters in the film go nowhere near Portman Square or Baker Street. His apartment entrance is at Portland Place but the back terrace overlooks the Thames (see the views below.) These views were probably taken from the Savoy Hotel.

View northeast – Waterloo Bridge, London

Central view – Cleopatra Needle (in the foreground), Shot Tower (now demolished) and Royal Festival Hall, London

View southwest – Hungerford Bridge, London

Jean Lennox (Vera Miles) and Bob Matthews (Cecil Parker) watching Hannon as he tries to cross the street all by himself – Portland Place at Weymouth Street, London W1. The view is from the southwest corner of the intersection, and it’s again inconsistent with the location of Hannon’s apartment entrance which is farther up north Portland Place.

The pub where Hannon overhears a conversation about a planned kidnapping – Mason Arms, 18 Titchborne Street, London W2. The pub and the street itself were razed during the area redevelopment. It was located approximately where the Water Gardens complex stands now.

Hannon and Bob’s boat ride – Waterloo Bridge, London

Westminster Bridge, London.

The police station – Paddington Police Station, Harrow Road, London W2. The station was demolished during the construction of the Marylebone flyover. The original blue lamp was transferred to the new Paddington Green Police Station.

Lady Syrett’s (Isobel Elsom) house – 50 Wilton Terrace, London SW1.

‘Unity Domestic Bureau’ – Queen Victoria Street at New Bridge Street, London EC4. The building has since been demolished to give way to Blackfriars Station.

Hannon’s apartment entrance – 74 Portland Place, London W1.

Bob starts following Alice MacDonald (Patricia Laffan) – Portland Place looking toward Regent’s Park, London W1.

Bob follows MacDonald to a department store – Barkers of Kensington, 63-97 Kensington High Street, London W8. The store closed down in 2006, and the building now contains a branch of Whole Foods Market.

Jean buys a newspaper – Trafalgar Square, London WC2

Janet Murch (Natalie Norwick) is murdered in a phone booth – the embankment by the Tower of London.

Hannon follows the fake "Mr. Murch" – Still searching for this location

"Mr. Murch" lures Hannon into a condemned building – Still searching for this location

MacDonald wheels DaMestres’ daughter across Kensington Road at Queen’s Gate, London SW7

MacDonald wheels DaMestres’ daughter through Queen’s Gate, Kensington Gardens, London SW7

Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens, London W2

DaMestres’ house – 25 Kensington Road, London SW7