Sunday, 24 September 2017

Honolulu HI, USA


 
The television series HAWAII FIVE-O is set on the island O'ahu, more particularly in Honolulu, the state capitol of Hawaii. Since 1959 Hawaii is the fiftieth state of the United States of America. This explains the title of the series, although the “O” should have been an “0”.

Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett
The show focuses on a state police force appointed by the governor and led by former US naval officer Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord). Their main task is to track spies and members of organized crime syndicates. The series was filmed on location, even though Hawaii did not have a movie industry. The first episode was broadcasted on 20 September 1968. In total 279 episodes were made during 12 seasons. Due to the success of the show, film studio’s were built that are still being used for film and television.
 
The opening title sequence, with its fast cutting and classic music by Morton Stevens, was created by director Reza S. Badiyi in 1968. A large number of locations in Honolulu are seen, some of which have hardly changed in the years that have passed.

The Aloha Tower was built as a lighthouse and is located at Pier 9 of the city’s harbor. The four-sided clock tower was designed by Arthur L. Reynolds and opened on 11 September 1926. For many years it was the tallest building of Hawaii. Visitors that arrived by boat in Honolulu first saw the tower and were greeted on the island in Hawaiian by the word “aloha”, seen on every side of the tower. Today the Aloha Tower is mainly visited for the observation deck.

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Aloha Tower, Honolulu, 13 June 2017

The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at 2177 Puowaina Drive, a national cemetry for veterans, is situated in a bowl-shaped crater northeast of the city. It is seen for only a few moments in the opening credits when the camera zooms in on the memorial erected in 1964. In the centre stands the statue of Lady Columbia, a female figure representing all mourning mothers. During our visit the memorial was partly hidden behind a large tent.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017
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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017
Hawaii Five-O, season 1, episode 1, 0:00:27
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017
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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017

Statue King Kamehameha I,
Honolulu, 10 June 2017
During the final seconds of the opening credits of the pilot episode the statue of King Kamehameha I is shown. This bronze figure is located at 417 King Street and was casted in 1883 in Florence, Italy, after a design by the American sculptor Thomas Gould. It is a replica and was made shortly after the first statue was lost during a shipwreck near the Falkland Islands. The original was later recovered and now stands in Kohala on the island Hawaii.
King Kamehameha I is regarded as the founder and first ruler of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Other replicas of the statue are in Hilo (also on the island Hawaii), in Washington and in Las Vegas. On and around 11 June, Kamehameha Day, statues of the king are being decorated with leis, the traditional flower necklace.

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Statue King Kamehameha I, Honolulu, 13 June 2017
Hawaii Five-O, pilot episode, 0:01:18
Statue King Kamehameha I, Honolulu, 13 June 2017




Thirty years after the final episode of the original series had been broadcasted, a reboot of HAWAII FIVE-0 was launched, now with an “0” instead of an “O” in the title. In the first episode US naval officer Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) returns to Hawaii to investigate the murder of his father John McGarret (William Sadler). It was first shown on 20 September 2010, exactly 42 years after the pilot episode of the original series had been broadcasted.

The main actors posing in front of Honolulu and Diamond Head
During the investigation Steve McGarrett is being asked by the governor to head a new state police force. The three other members of his team are detectives Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan) and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), and officer Kono Kalakaua (Grace Park) who just graduated from the police academy. These characters were also in the original series, with the exception that Kono is now being played by a woman.

Again Honolulu and the island of O’ahu are prominently featured in every episode. The fast cutting and famous music during the opening titles also remained. One of the first images is a view from the sky of Diamond Head, a volcanic cone close to Waikiki Beach. It can also be seen on both cast photos. While leaving Honolulu by aeroplane we were able to make a somewhat similar photo.

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Diamond Head, 19 June 2017

The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor marks the resting place of 1,102 people aboard the USS Arizona who were killed during the Japanese surprise attack on 7 December 1941. The battleship was never recovered and in 1962 the memorial was erected above its wreck. Every year more than two million people visit the 184 foot long structure.

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USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, 10 June 2017

Diamond Head and Honolulu are seen again when viewed from Tantalus Lookout. This view point can easily be accessed by car from Honolulu by following the Tantalus Drive.

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Honolulu view from Tantalus Lookout, 10 June 2017

Travelling between the islands is usually done by plane. Most flights are executed by Hawaiian Airlines. This airline also flies to destinations outside of Hawaii.

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Honolulu International Airport, 14 June 2017

Aliiolani Hale, Honolulu, 13 June 2017
The statue of King Kamehameha I, as seen in the pilot episode of the original series, appears in the opening credits of the new series together with Aliiolani Hale. Built between 1872 and 1874 as a palace for King Kamehameha V, today the Supreme Court of Hawaii resides in the building. In Hawaii Five-0 the palace is depicted as Iolani Palace, headquarters of the Five-0 task force. Finding a parking spot can be quite difficult in this area.

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Statue King Kamehameha I, Honolulu, 13 June 2017
Hawaii Five-0, season 1, episode 1, 0:05:23
Statue King Kamehameha I, Honolulu, 13 June 2017
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Statue King Kamehameha I, Honolulu, 13 June 2017

The statue of Lady Columbia at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific is filmed in the same way as in 1968. In three shots the camera zooms in on the face of the statue. The name Columbia originates from the explorer Christopher Columbus and personifies the Americas, similar to the statue of Liberty. The statue is 30 foot tall and was designed by Bruce Moon. In the series Steve McGarrett’s father John is a Vietnam War veteran buried near the statue.

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017
Hawaii Five-0, season 1, episode 1, 0:05:29
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017
Hawaii Five-0, season 1, episode 1, 0:05:29
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 13 June 2017

Of course, many other locations on O’ahu are seen in both series. About 20 miles north of Honolulu is the Kualoa Ranch, a cattle farm and nature reserve seen in many movies and television series. Visitors can explore several locations during a movie bus tour. A former World War II bunker has been transformed into several exhibition rooms. In episode 12 of the sixth season, “Ua ola loko i ke aloha (Love gives life within)”, Kono and Lou Grover (Chi McBride) discover a bunker used by Japanese spies during World War II. The scenes in the bunker were filmed in one of these rooms in October 2015 and are now part of the exhibition. The episode was first broadcasted on 15 January 2016.

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Kualoa Ranch movie tour bunker, 12 June 2017
Screenshots and cast photos © CBS
 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Chicago IL, USA


 
In the movie FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) decides to skip school for a day and go to Chicago with his best friend Cameron (Alan Ruck) and girlfriend Sloane (Mia Sara). He even manages to persuade Cameron to take the expensive Ferrari of his father.

Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:32:18
Filming began on 9 September 1985 in Chicago. At the end of October production moved to Los Angeles where shooting ended on 22 November 1985, although no scenes are set here. A few additional scenes were filmed in April 1986. Director, screenplay writer and producer John Hughes, who grew up in Chicago, described the movie as “sort of my love letter to the city”.
 
He had the opportunity to film from a helicopter, flying above the Chicago River. Some of Chicago’s most iconic buildings can be viewed from the river, a boat trip as organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation is highly recommended.
 
The first images of Chicago, taken from the helicopter, appear when Ferris and his friends arrive. The building where the father of Ferris works dates from 1983 and is located at 333 W. Wacker Drive, in the film it is seen from the river. The glass facade mirrors the buildings on the other side, in the years that have followed several new skyscrapers have been added.

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333 W. Wacker Drive, Chicago, 7 June 2017

The neo-Gothic Tribune Tower at 435 N. Michigan Avenue was the result of a competition hosted by the newspaper Chicago Tribune. The winning design by John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood, including the tower’s top based on the French cathedral of Rouen, was completed in 1925. The walls next to the sidewalk have pieces of famous buildings from around the world incorporated, including the Taj Mahal and the Sydney Opera House.

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Tribune Tower, Chicago, 7 June 2017
Tribune Tower, Chicago, 7 June 2017

Marina City consists of two corncob-shaped towers that were designed by Bertrand Goldberg in 1959 and in 1968 construction was completed. Both buildings have the same round balconies. The lower levels are parking spaces.

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Marina City, Chicago, 7 June 2017


Willis Tower, 7 June 2017
After arriving in Chicago Ferris, Cameron and Sloane visit Skydek, the 103rd floor of the Sears Tower located at 233 S. Wacker Drive. After completion in 1973 this was the highest building in world, designed by Fazlur Rahman Khan. The view is spectacular, on a clear day four states - Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana - can be seen.
In the movie it looks as if the view from Skydeck is shown but it is not since the tower can also be seen. It remains a popular tourist attraction in Chicago. Visitors are first invited to watch a documentary about the history of the tower and then an elevator takes them up to Skydeck in 60 seconds.
During a renovation in 2009 glass balconies were added, nicknamed ‘The Ledge’. In the same year the name was changed into Willis Tower as the main tenant has the right to name the tower. Since 2013 however United Airlines is the largest tenant. When visitors exit through the gift shop, the dvd and and T-shirst of the movie are on sale. More information, including opening hours of Skydeck, are to be found on the website of Willis Tower.

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View from Willis Tower, Chicago, 7 June 2017
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:38:42
Skydeck Willis Tower, Chicago, 7 June 2017
Gift shop Willis Tower, Chicago, 7 June 2017

Next up in the Chicago visit is The Art Institute of Chicago, a museum at 111 S. Michigan Avenue. The collection is enormous and includes works of art that are world famous. In a montage the favourite items of Jon Hughes are shown. The majority of these artworks are still on display but in a different setting.

Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:19
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:32
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Paris street, rainy day (1877) - Gustave Caillebotte
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The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Nighthawks (1942) - Edward Hopper
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The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Painting with green center (1913) - Vasily Kandinsky (left)
Improvisation No. 30 (1913) - Vasily Kandinsky (right)
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The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Nude under a pine tree (1959) - Pablo Picasso
Walking man II (1960) - Alberto Giacometti
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:45
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
The old guitarist (1903-1904) - Pablo Picasso
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:49
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
The child's bath (1893) - Mary Cassatt
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:53
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Jacques and Berthe Lipchitz (1916) - Amedeo Modigliani
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:56:57
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Greyed rainbow (1953) - Jackson Pollock
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:02
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Bathers by a river (1909-1917) - Henri Matisse
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:10
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Portrait of Balzac (1893) - Auguste Rodin

Sloane, Cameron and Ferris are watching three paintings by Pablo Picasso. The portrait on the right, “Sitting woman”, painted on 20 Februari 1949, is no longer part of the collection. It was sold during an auction for US $ 4,264,000.

Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:10
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
The red armchair (1931) - Pablo Picasso
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:22
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) - Georges Seurat
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:34
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) - Georges Seurat
Ferris Bueller's day off, 0:57:28
The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
America windows (1977) - Marc Chagall

Ferris Bueller's day off, 1:01:21
Cameron and Sloane are completely surprised when Ferris becomes the main singer of a parade. These scenes were filmed during the annual General Von Steuben German-American Appreciation Day Parade on Saturday, 28 September 1985. On that day the location shoot was not finished and a week later the remaining scenes of the parade were made.

The second Saturday shoot was announced on the radio. Thousands of people came to the city and were standing in the streets. Ferris sings “Twist and shout” at the corner of N. Dearborn Street and W. Calhoun Place.

Ferris Bueller's day off, 1:05:33
Corner N. Dearborn Street en W. Calhoun Place,
Chicago, 7 June 2017

The Art Institute of Chicago, 8 June 2017
Cameron and Sloane follow the parade from N. Dearborn Street into S. Dearborn Street. While walking and dancing with the other people, two examples of public art are seen in the background. The first is “Flamingo”, a sculpture by Alexander Calder from 1973. This construction is 53 foot high and was unveiled in 1974 at the Federal Plaza in front of the Kluczynski Federal Building. A miniature version is on display at The Art Institute of Chicago. Also remarkable is “Four Seasons”, a four sided 70 feet long mosaic by Marc Chagall at the Chase Tower Plaza, dedicated on 27 September 1974. The steps with the dancing people are at the adjoining Exelon Plaza.

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"Flamingo", Federal Plaza, Chicago, 7 June 2017
Ferris Bueller's day off, 1:04:06
"Four Seasons", Chase Tower Plaza, Chicago, 7 June 2017
Ferris Bueller's day off, 1:04:07
Exelon Plaza, Chicago, 7 June 2017

Thanks to Chas Demster of It’s Filmed There for providing the addressses.

Screenshots © Paramount Pictures