Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Kaua'i HI, USA




 
The film MISS SADIE THOMPSON tells the story of former nightclub dancer Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) who, on her way from Honolulu to New Caledonia, gets stuck on a tropical island. She stays at a local hotel and spends some time with the American marines stationed on the island, especially Sergeant Phil O'Hara (Aldo Ray). The island is named Tusitala in the film and part of American Samoa but cannot be find on any map.

Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
All exterior scenes were filmed in May 1953 in several places on the Hawaiian island Kaua’i. Sets that were built for the film included a village, a bar and a hotel, all with a Samaon look. The location where Horn’s Hotel was constructed is now the site of a real hotel, the Kaua’i Marriott Resort. Kaua’i, also known as the Garden Island, is one of the wettest places in the world. In the film it also rains, but this shower was caused on request by the local fire brigade.
 
During the opening credits Wailua Beach is shown, a relatively small beach on the eastside of the island. Towards the end of the movie the beach makes a second appearance, with the Kalalea Mountains in the background, also seen during the first scene of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017
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Wailua Beach, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

Sadie Thompson arrives on the island and is being welcomed by several marines. This location shoot was made in Hanalei Bay, situated in the north. The concrete pier dates from 1922, the canopy at the end was added in the 1940s. In 1992 the pier was heavily damaged by hurricane ’Iniki. The successful rescue program “Save the Pier” by the Hanalei Rotary Club made it possible to restore the structure in 2013. At the end of the film Sadie Thompson leaves the island from the same location.

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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017
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Hanalei Bay, Kaua'i, 22 June 2017

Hurricane ’Iniki also caused extensive damage to the Coco Palms Resort. It had opened its doors in 1953, the same year the movie was filmed. The resort was named after the many coconut palm trees that were imported from Samoa in 1896. The chapel was built especially for the film and a few years later also appeared in the movie Blue Hawaii with Elvis Presley. Since the hotel closed in 1992 it slowly deteriorated. Apparently the chapel survived the hurricane but the grounds are not open to the public. From the street we could not see the chapel, only a lot of palm trees.

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Coco Palms Resort, Kaua'i, 20 June 2017

On their way to the hotel the jeep gets stuck in the mud. This scene was filmed at Kalapaki Beach, nowadays surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Although not clearly visible on the screenshots, it appears that both the coastal wall on the right and the small white lighthouse where already there in 1953.

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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017
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Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i, 23 June 2017

Information about the filming on location comes from The New Kaua’i Movie Book: Films made on the Garden Island by Chris Cook published in 2015.

Screenshots © Columbia Pictures
 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Kaua'i HI, USA



 
The first movie about the adventurous archaeologist Indiana Jones, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, starts in 1936 in the jungle of Peru when he discovers a golden idol in an ancient temple. Jones manages at the last moment to escape from the booby-trapped temple.

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Outside of the temple Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is forced to surrender his recently discovered treasure to RenĂ© Belloq (Paul Freeman), a rivalling archaeologist from France. Belloq also makes the local people, the Hovito Indians, go after him and Jones has to run for his life. This opening scene was not filmed in South America but in Hawaii, on various places on the island Kaua’i. Filming took place in September and October of 1980.

These were the last scenes to be shot for the movie, that starts with the Paramount logo slowly dissolving into the Kalalea Mountains. The triangular shaped peak in the middle is known under various names, including Kalalea Mountain and Anahola Mountain. Its original name was Mano (Hawaiian for shark) and because its shape looks like the profile of a gorilla the peak was nicknamed Kong Mountain.

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Kalalea Mountain, Kaua’i, 22 June 2017

When Indiana Jones first appears he is seen with his back to the screen. It is not Harrison Ford but his stand-in Wil Welsh.

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Kalalea Mountain, 22 June 2017

Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i, 23 June 2017
The scenes after Indiana Jones has left the temple, meets Belloq near a waterfall, runs for his life and escapes in a seaplane were filmed at the Kipu Ranch. This is a working cattle ranch but visitors are welcome to book a tour at Kipu Ranch Adventures. We chose the Ultimate Ranch Tour, a three-hour off-road tour with an ATV. You have the choice of driving yourself or with a guide. The waterfall unfortunately is not included in this tour.

Our two guides, Robin and Marlon, told a lot about the history of the Kipu Ranch. When it became clear that we were looking for locations from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Marlon showed us the meadow with the mountain in the background were Indiana Jones is being chased. He made a special stop just so we could make photos.

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Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i, 23 June 2017

Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i,
23 June 2017
Included in the tour is a stop at the river where the seaplane is waiting for Indiana Jones. With the help of a liana he manages to jump into the river, climbs aboard the plane and manages to escape from the arrows of the Indians. The liana is no longer there but visitors are invited to recreate the jump into the water with a rope. To our surprise several people did not mind getting wet, we saw adult men becoming a boy again. Marlon told that for the movie the liana was attached to a mango tree. Some of its branches were removed especially for the film and you can still see the marks on the tree. Harrison Ford did his own stunts but when he was slightly injured after a few takes, director Steven Spielberg did not want him to do it again. The person in the movie seen jumping into the water is a stunt woman.

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Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i, 23 June 2017
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Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i, 23 June 2017
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Kipu Ranch, Kaua’i, 23 June 2017

Besides what the tour guides told, information on the location shoot comes from The New Kaua’i Movie Book: Films made on the Garden Island by Chris Cook published in 2015.

Screenshots © Paramount Pictures

Monday, 16 October 2017

Chicago IL, USA



  
The movie THE UNTOUCHABLES tells the true story of agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) who in 1930 assembles a team to put the notorious crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) behind bars. The screenplay was based on the book of the same name by Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley from 1957.
     
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Filming started on 18 August 1986 in Chicago. The location shoot included several historical landmarks. When a building did not exist anymore or had been altered beyond recognition, a similar location in the city was chosen. After filming on more than 25 locations in Chicago was completed, production moved to Montana in October 1986 to film the shoot-out at the border.
We were in town for only three days and visited only a small amount of the locations.

In his search for policemen that can be trusted Eliot Ness meets officer Jimmy Malone (Sean Connery) at night on the North Michigan Avenue Bridge. The bascule bridge dates from 1918 and was named after the street it is part of.

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North Michigan Avenue Bridge, Chicago, 7 June 2017

An example of a location that no longer exists is the Lexington Hotel where Al Capone resided from 1928 until he was arrested in 1931. The hotel was closed in 1980. During filming the building was in a deplorable state and would be demolished in 1995. The Roosevelt University at 430 South Michigan Avenue was chosen to represent the hotel, even though the building dates from 1945.

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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017

The confrontation between Eliot Ness and Al Capone in the lobby of the hotel was also filmed at the Roosevelt University. We asked the concierge if it was alright to take pictures. It turned out that he was present on the day these scenes were filmed. He joked that he almost had a part in the movie: he had to prevent people from using the elevator.

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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017
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Roosevelt University, Chicago, 8 June 2017

Agent George Stone (Andy Garcia) and accountant Oscar Wallace (Charles Martin Smith) join the team. Their approach becomes successful and they are soon known as "The Untouchables". The first raid is on the post office across the street of the headquarters. These scenes were filmed at South LaSalle Street. The Rookery Building, left on the screenshots, has had multiple functions but was never a police office. In the background the Chicago Board of Trade Building can be seen. The post office in reality is the City National Bank and Trust Company Building.

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South LaSalle Street, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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City National Bank and Trust Company
Building, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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South LaSalle Street, Chicago, 7 June 2017

Union Station, Chicago,
7 June 2017
Looking for Walter Payne (Jack Kehoe), Al Capone’s bookkeeper, Eliot Ness and George Stone end up in a shoot-out at Union Station at 225 South Canal Street. Among the travellers, who have no idea what is going on, is a young mother trying to get her pram up the stairs. Eliot Ness wants to help her but at the same time the gunfight starts. The following scene, when the pram is rolling down the stairs, is an homage to the silent classic Battleship Potemkin (1925) by Sergei Eisenstein.
The station has two almost identical staircases that lead to the platforms. For the movie only the stairs on the right (as seen from the Great Hall) were used. The building opened its doors in 1925 and was designed by Daniel Burnham, also one of the architects of The Rookery Building. The train station is featured in several movies. There is a small exhibition in the Great Hall about the productions that were filmed here and travel in films in general.

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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017
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Union Station, Chicago, 7 June 2017

Screenshots © Paramount Pictures