Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Great Gatsby (1974)

dir. Jack Clayton

Nick (Sam Waterston) going across the bay to visit his cousin Daisy Buchanan (Mia Farrow) – Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island stands in for the body of water separating the fictional Long Island peninsulas, East and West Egg (Great Neck and Port Washington peninsulas in real life.)

Nick is greeted by Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern) – Hammersmith Farm, 225 Harrison Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. The mansion in the background was just a false front, and the camera carefully kept it out of focus. The estate was at one time owned by the Auchinclosses, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s mother and stepfather. The mansion also served as the site of John F. Kennedy’s 1953 wedding reception and as the summer White House from 1961 to 1963.

Hammersmith Farm also provided the dock with the flashing green light that Gatsby is so obsessed with.

The Buchanans' mansion exterior – Heatherden Hall, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. It’s located in Pinewood Studios where most of the mansion interiors were also filmed.

"Valley of Ashes" and Wilson’s Garage – these were sets built on a Pinewood Studios backlot.

Tom’s mistress Myrtle (Karen Black) wants to buy a puppy – 1st Avenue at East 59th Street, New York, New York

The New York apartment that Tom keeps for Myrtle – Still searching for this location

Jake Gatsby’s (Robert Redford) mansion – Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Architect Standford White modeled it after Louis XIV's Grand Trianon at Versailles. The estate was originally built for Nevada silver heiress Theresa Fair Oelrichs. It is now owned by the Newport Preservation Society, and is open to the public. Unfortunately, it's not allowed to take pictures inside the mansion.

The oceanfront part of the estate doesn’t have an arch. It was put up there for the filming.

Nick's cottage was constructed on the grounds of Rosecliff. Trees and shrubs were removed from between the cottage and the mansion so that Nick would be able to see Gatsby's parties from his porch.

Nick talking with Jordan (Lois Chiles) – 100 Broadway, New York, New York

Trinity Churchyard, 74 Trinity Place, New York, New York

The flashback of Gatsby and Daisy’s first romantic encounter – Linden Place, 500 Hope Street, Bristol, Rhode Island.

Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Jordan and Nick coming to the Plaza Hotel – 768 5th Avenue, New York, New York

Saturday, August 29, 2015

One on Top of the Other (1969)

aka Perversion Story
Italian title: Una sull'altra
dir. Lucio Fulci

The Dumurrier clinic – The Lodge at Pebble Beach, 1700 17-Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, California. Many thanks to CashmereLibrarian for her help.

George Dumurrier (Jean Sorel) visiting his mistress Jane (Elsa Martinelli) – Lombard Street just east of Hyde Street, San Francisco, California. This section of Lombard was dubbed "the crookedest street in the world." The other San Francisco competitor for this title, Vermont Street between 20th and 22nd, is steeper than Lombard but has fewer turns.

George and Jane driving on the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California. Topographically, it doesn’t make sense because if Jane lives on Lombard, there’s no need to cross the bridge to get to the Southern Pacific Station.

George drops Jane off at the railway station – Southern Pacific Station, 3rd Street at Townsend, San Francisco, California. The splendid Mission Revival-style station was demolished in the 1970s as the railroad was getting out of the passenger service business. Incidentally, it stood right across the street from the burger joint where Clint Eastwood uttered the famous "Go ahead, make my day" line in Sudden Impact. However, by the time Eastwood’s film was made, the station site had already been an empty lot.

George stops by a gas station to ask for directions to San Luis Obispo – 1177 California Street, San Francisco, California. The gas station, also seen briefly in Bullitt, is no longer there.

George meeting Jane at the railway station – 1011 Railroad Avenue, San Luis Obispo, California.

George’s house – Still searching for this location

An insurance investigator sees George calling from a restaurant – Fishermen’s Grotto, 2847 Taylor Street, San Francisco, California.

George exits a parking garage – 425 Broadway, San Francisco, California. The original structure has since been demolished though there’s still a parking lot in its place.

George sees Monica Weston (Marisa Mell) performing at a night club – Varni's Roaring 20s, 807 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, California. The building still stands but it’s barely recognizable, stripped of its glorious stained-glass windows. The club also appeared in Experiment in Terror and Machine Gun McCain, and is not to be confused with the current Roaring 20s at 552 Broadway that appeared in Dirty Harry.

George calling Monica from a pay phone – Hyde Street at Beach Street, San Francisco, California

George going to his car – Beach Street at Hyde, San Francisco, California

The insurance investigator follows George’s car – Hyde Street, San Francisco, California

George picking up Monica – Marina Green Drive, San Francisco, California.

The insurance company – 201 Sansome Street, San Francisco, California

The police station – Still searching for this location

The photo shoot – Japanese Tea Garden, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Jane questioning Larry (Jean Sobieski) about the model he once used – Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California

Larry calling Monica from a pay phone – Embarcadero at Taylor Street, San Francisco, California

George is arrested at Jane’s house – 1081 Lombard Street, San Francisco, California

George is put in prison – San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, California. The filmmakers were even allowed to film in the prison's gas chamber.

Monica going to retrieve her package from a locker – U.S. Post Office, Franklin D. Roosevelt Station, 909 3rd Avenue, New York, New York.

Monica leaving New York – John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York, New York.

A reporter interviews the District Attorney after his meeting with the Governor – California State Capitol, 1315 10th Street, Sacramento, California.

Henry Dumurrier (Alberto De Mendoza) arrives in Paris – Orly Airport, Orly, France.

Henry meeting with Monica in Paris – Vagenende, 142 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris, France. It's the same restaurant where Michael Caine meets with Delphine Seyrig in The Black Windmill.

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Final Analysis