Taxi Driver (Dir: Martin Scorsese, 1976).
Doorway, 226 East 13th St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenue), Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
Martin Scorsese is known for using real locations, and to capture the gritty, scummy breeding ground of dirty crime of New York in the 70’s background for Taxi Driver, he used some of 70’s New York’s least attractive addresses. For that reason most of the key external locations have been bulldozed, the only one important enough to the film to visit is Iris’s (Jodie Foster) hotel doorway at 226 East 13th Street in the East Village. It’s not much to look at but it’s a moving moment in the film and if you’re a Scorsese fan it’s worth seeing before it’s removed like the rest of ‘Taxi Driver’’s New York.
Tiffany & Co. for alfresco breakfasts
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Dir: Blake Edwards, 1961). Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.
Strangely, in Truman Capote’s novel, Holly Golightly says she calms down by visiting Tiffany & Co. on 57th Street, which is where I went looking for the film location from ‘Breakfast at Tiffany‘s‘, only to find that the most common name for Holly’s Tiffany’s is Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue, which is a far grander name that I’m sure Holly would have much preferred (but a long way from where I started looking.). It is actually a calming experience inside as long as you don’t get too paranoid about people watching you thinking you can’t afford to buy anything…
The external shots of Holly’s apartment building were filmed at 169 East 71st St., Manhattan, it’s a private residence so you can’t go in, but there’s nothing to see, all the internal apartment scenes were filmed in the studio (is that why New York apartments in films always seem so big?).
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New Year’s Day, 1951: Audrey Hepburn looks up at billboards in the middle of Times Square, New York. She had recently been in town for the run of the Broadway show Gigi.
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The Kremlin Letter(1970) is an American noir film directed by John Huston, starring Richard Boone, Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Patrick O’Neal and George Sanders.
The film shows its characters speaking Russian without the use of English subtitles by beginning such scenes in Russian and then segueing into English. Many of the scenes set in Moscow were filmed during 1969 in the Finnish capital city of Helsinki which features neoclassical buildings similar to those in Leningrad. There was also filming at locations in New York City (the Hispanic Society of America, Central Park Zoo and Greenwich Village), Italy and Mexico. Mostly aerial stock footage from the summer of 1969 showing Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and New York is also seen in the film.
Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Maurice Evans, Sidney Blackmer and Charles Grodin.
The Dakota, an Upper West Side apartment building known for its show business tenants, be used for the Bramford. Its hallways were not as worn and dark as Polanski wanted, but when the building’s owners would not allow interior filming, that became academic and it was used for exterior shots only.
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The Godfather (1972)
Louis’ Restaurant, where Sollozzo and McCluskey are gunned down over the veal, was the old Luna restaurant under the elevated White Plains Road IRT in Belmont, New York’s largest Italian community.
James Caan in “The Godfather”
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
Sonny (James Caan) beats up bullying brother-in-law Carlo at 118th Street and Pleasant Avenue, east of First Avenue in East Harlem, but soon gets his payback, blown away in a spectacular hail of bullets at tollbooths supposedly on the Jones Beach Causeway, Long Island, but actually built on the disused airfield Floyd Bennett Field, southeast of Brooklyn at the end of Flatbush Avenue.
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Marlon Brando & John Cazale in “The Godfather”
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
The ‘Genco Olive Oil’ premises, supposedly on Mulberry Street, outside which the Don is gunned down, was the Mietz Building, 128 Mott Street, a then-unchanged area between Little Italy and Chinatown. The relentless encroachment of Chinatown into Little Italy means that the building has since been gutted and has become a Chinese market, though the ‘Mietz’ name is still visible on the frontage. The art deco entrance was created especially for the movie.
(Sidney Lumet, 1957)
Claustrophobic jury room drama,filmed at New York’s County Courthouse,60 Center Street on the Northeast corner of Pearl Street and Foley Square,and inside the building’s rotunda.
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Robert De Niro in “Once Upon a Time in America”
(Sergio Leone, 1984)
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(Sergio Leone, 1984)
The bridge towering over the warehouses, an image so striking it was used for the poster art and DVD cover, is Manhattan Bridge, Water Street at Washington Street, once again, over in Brooklyn.
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