Friday, August 22, 2014

The Wings of the Dove (1997)

dir. Iain Softley

Many thanks to Lois for taking additional pictures in Venice for me.

The underground station – a studio set

The park – Painshill Park, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, United Kingdom

Kate Croy’s (Helena Bonham Carter) house – 10 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1.

Merton (Linus Roache) walking with Kate from his apartment – Still searching for this location

Kate takes a cab – Temple Avenue at Tallis Street, London EC4.

Kate finds her father (Michael Gambon) in a pub – Still searching for this location but this might have been a studio set

Kate tends to her mother’s grave – Brompton Cemetery, Fulham Road, London SW10

Kate spots Milly (Alison Elliott) coming out of a doctor's office – Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London SE10.

Kate follows Milly to a bookstore – St. Andrew's Hill at Queen Victoria Street, London EC4. Though it’s a pub it’s called Shaws Booksellers (the name given to the store in the film.)

Milly takes shelter from the rain and meets Kate and Merton there – Serpentine Gallery, Hyde Park, London W2

Lord Mark’s (Alex Jennings) estate – Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

Merton comes to a restaurant where he gets an invitation from Milly to accompany her to Venice – National Liberal Club, 1 Whitehall Place, London SW1.

Kate hands over the money for her father – Still searching for this location

Milly and Kate arrive in Venice – Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti and Palazzo Barbaro, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

The palazzo where Milly and Kate are staying – Palazzo Barbaro, Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

The house where Merton is staying – Calle di Mezzo, Venice, Italy. Many thanks to Lois for finding this location. Apparently, the exterior and interior were filmed at two different places. The interior is the Palazzo Donà Giovannelli, Strada Nova 2291-92, Venice, Italy.

The picnic on the church steps – Santa Maria della Salute, Fondamenta Salute, Venice, Italy

Milly, Kate and Merton visiting Saint Mark's Basilica, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Kate and Merton walking in Piazzetta San Marco by the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy

Two boats nearly collide under a narrow bridge – Riva de l'Ogio, Venice, Italy

Kate tells Merton that Milly is dying – Sotoportego Widmann, Venice, Italy

Arriving at the carnival – Ponte della Paglia at Riva degli Schiavoni, Venice, Italy

Dancing in the square – Campo Santa Maria Formosa, Venice, Italy

Milly resting by a fountain – Campiello Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy. The fountain was a prop.

Kate and Merton make love by a palazzo – Calle Traghetto Vecchio off Campo San Felice, Venice, Italy. Many thanks to Bert for finding this location.

Milly and Merton walking on a bridge – Ponte della Salute, Fondamenta Salute, Venice, Italy

Milly walking Merton home – Campiello Novo o dei Morti, Venice, Italy.

Waiters saving cafe tables from the rain – Procuratie Nuove, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy.

Merton glimpses Lord Mark in a cafe – Caffè Florian, Piazza San Marco 57, Venice, Italy.

Susan (Elizabeth McGovern) tells Merton that Milly has died – Campo dei Frari at Ponte dei Frari, Venice, Italy

Milly’s funeral – San Michele in Isola, Venice, Italy

Merton returns to Venice – Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, Fondamenta de la Preson, Venice, Italy

See also...

A Room with a View

Howards End


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  2. Great work, Yuri. I can tell you many more Venice locations. The scene where Kate and Merton are 'making out' is by the side of the Grand Canal, at the end of Calle del Traghetto (off Campo San Felice), Cannaregio. Can you tell me the name of the church where Merton and Milly climb the scaffolding? You have some errors: two boats nearly collide by Riva de l'Ogio, by the side of the Pescaria, on Rio de le Beccarie, San Polo (not Fondamenta Vin, Castello. It is Parrocchia San Cassan, but that's not an address, the sign you must have seen just tells you you are entering the parish of San Cassan (San Cassiano)); Milly walking Merton home is Campiello Novo o dei Morti; the fountain was definitely a prop, as there is no fountain in Campiello Querini Stampalia; it's Widmann, not Wildmann; Susan tells Merton that Milly has died in Campo dei Frari (Fondamenta dei Frari is on the other side of the canal). There is a brief scene at the entrance to the Scuola di San Giovanni Evangelista that you could add where Milly is alone. There is a crowd procession by Fondamenta Ca' Bala (seconds after they are all on the other side of the Grand Canal).

  3. Thank you, Bert.
    RE: Can you tell me the name of the church where Merton and Milly climb the scaffolding?
    I haven't been able to find the church.

  4. Could you take a couple of screenshots of the church and post them here, and perhaps on Tripadvisor Venice forum, and ask readers?
    My idea was that you could correct your captions and then delete my comments as they would no longer be relevant.

  5. Can you contact anybody involved in the film? Especially the location manager, Chris Wheeldon? I really really want to know the name of the church, if it wasn't a set.

    1. Bert, I don't have any contacts in the film industry. I looked at many churches in and around Venice but I couldn't find any with that kind of tiled floor pattern.

  6. There were a couple of typos in my previous submission. When you have made the necessary corrections I would be happy for you to delete all my comments, or at least those parts that refer to the errors.
    “Two boats nearly collide under a narrow bridge – Fondamenta Riva Olio at Calle de le Beccarie O Panataria, Venice, Italy.“ Not quite right, Yuri. It's Riva de l'Ogio on the nizioleto. That's Venetian. In Italian it would be Riva dell'Olio. It is a fondamenta, but that's not what it says on the nizioleto. The gondolas are floating on the Rio de le Becarie [in Venetian, Rio delle Beccarie in Italian. Since we are in Venice, I would use Venetian.] Calle de le Becarie o Panataria is nearby, but not relevant. The narrow bridge is called Ponte de la Pescaria [Ponte della Pescheria in Italian]. You really don't need to say “Venice, Italy”, just as you don't need to say “London, England” or “Paris, France”. If it's not Venice (Italy), THEN you need to say “Venice, California”.
    “Kate and Merton walking in Piazza San Marco by the Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy.“ That's not quite right. They are in the Piazzetta, sometimes referred to as the Piazzetta di San Marco.
    “Milly walking Merton home – Campiello O Novo dei Morti, Venice, Italy.” – This still needs changing. It is Campiello Novo o dei Morti. ['o' means 'or' in Italian and Venetian, so it should not be capitalised.] 'Morti ' means 'dead (people)'. There is a cemetery under their feet.

    1. Thank you, Bert. Do you live in Venice? You seem to know every nook and cranny there.

  7. No, I don't live there, but I've been over 10 times, usually for two weeks at a time. And I'm a bit OCD about it.(!)