Sunday, June 1, 2014

Obsession (1976)

dir. Brian De Palma

Many thanks to Lois taking the pictures for me in San Giminiano and Fiesole.

The opening credits – Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, Via delle Porte Sante 34, Florence, Italy

Michael Courtland’s (Cliff Robertson) house – Colonel Short's Villa, 1448 Fourth Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The kidnappers’ house – Still searching for this location

The ransom drop – Bermuda Street Wharf, New Orleans, Louisiana. The wharf has since been demolished.

The bridge where Courtland’s wife dies in a car explosion – Henry Ford Bridge, Long Beach, California. This is the original bridge that provided the only railroad link to Terminal Island from the mainland until 1996, when it was replaced by a new bridge.

Courtland visits a monument he has had built in his wife’s memory – Pontchartrain Park, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Courtland’s office – One Shell Square, 701 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Courtland and Robert LaSalle (John Lithgow) walking with their Italian partners – Piazzale degli Uffizi, Florence, Italy.

Courtland and LaSalle talking with their Italian partners – Lungarno degli Archibusieri with a view of the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.

Courtland and LaSalle in a restaurant – Rivoire, Piazza della Signoria 5, Florence, Italy.

Courtland revisits the church where he first met his wife and encounters her lookalike Sandra (Geneviève Bujold) – Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, Via delle Porte Sante 34, Florence, Italy

The church interior – Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta, Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano, Italy.

The panorama of Florence from the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte

Courtland following Sandra on a bridge – Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence, Italy. The first view is toward the Ponte alla Carraia, and the second one is toward the Ponte Vecchio.

The hospital where Sandra visits her mother – Antico Ospedale San Giovanni di Dio, Borgo Ognissanti 20, Florence, Italy

Courtland following Sandra to the street where she lives – Via dei Girolami, Florence, Italy

Courtland and LaSalle’s hotel exterior – Ospedale degli Innocenti, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata 12, Florence, Italy

Courtland having lunch with Sandra – La Loggia, Piazzale Michelangelo 1, Florence, Italy

Courtland walking with Sandra – Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Sandra's apartment – Via dei Girolami 18, Florence, Italy

Sandra tells Courtland the story of Dante and Beatrice – Palazzo Comunale, Piazza del Duomo, San Gimignano, Italy.

The cemetery – Cimitero di Fiesole, Via del Cimitero 1, Fiesole, Florence, Italy

The church where Courtland and Sandra planning to have their wedding – St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, Louisiana.

LaSalle’s house – St. Charles Avenue at Audubon Place, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The bank – Hibernia National Bank, 313 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

The airport – Los Angeles International Airport, 1 World Way, Los Angeles, California. Many thanks to Tom for this information.

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  1. I'm a broken record, but thanks for the great work on the Italian movie locations.

  2. Hi! Still searching for the cemetery location? Porte Sante "Holy Gates", monumental cemetery around the San Miniato al Monte basilica, Florence (see above).
    Greetings from Florence

    1. I was there and tried to find it but I didn't see exactly the same section, only the similar ones.

  3. Hello! Thanks for sharing the Obsession film locations; I've wondered about some of these for years.

    The airport location is Los Angeles International Airport. Check out the last picture here:

  4. very nice post and helpful sir thank you