Thursday, August 27, 2009

NEW FILM: Teenage Bad Girl

Year: 1956

Stars: Anna Neagle, Sylvia Syms, Kenneth Haigh, Julia Lockwood, Norman Wooland

Director: Herbert Wilcox

Locations: London

Plot: Nice girl falls in with bad boy and goes bad while Mum tears her hair out.

Number of Stills: 11
Number of 'Now' Shots: 0

NEW FILM: The September Affair

Year: 1950

Stars: Joan Fontaine, Joseph Cotton, Jessica Tandy

Director: William Dieterle

Locations: Rome, Naples, Capri, Pompeii, Florence

Plot: Fontaine and Cotton fall in love in a whirlwind romance and when their deaths are mistakenly reported in a plane crash they take the opportunity to start a new life together, leaving their past behind.

Number of Stills: 30
Number of 'Now' Shots: 5

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Film Induced Tourism (FIT) - Part 1

Sue Beaton wrote the book from which many of these extracts are taken, references are to her text, and the book is available from the better booksellers.

The popular media, cinema and tv, of the day influences the appeal of travel destinations and holiday makers. In the past media such as literature, music and poetry have been a major element, and prior to the development of film and television, a mass audience really had access only to written works. By the mid-20th century, film, became the main mass media outlet and has been particularly effective in affecting tourism vial movie locations. (MacCannell, 1976, ch1/pg4). Film locations and tv productions such as Last of the Summer Wine, the Professionals and Open All Hours, and cinema movie classics such as Shane, Laramie, Brief Encounter and Alfie have all influenced thousands of film and movie buffs to search for the real streets used in these wonderful outdoor productions.

Various tourism and film authorities have developed Movie Maps,. (ch1, pg7), showing movie and location sites used by the director, producer and location manager for filming of outdoor scenes. Dolce Vita, Paisa’, La Strada and Roman Holiday made extensive use of outdoor scenes for their movie productions..

The Hawaiian Tourism Authority, in its first-ever Strategic Tourism Plan, has identified encouraging filming in the state as one of its key tourism strategies for film site and location visits. (Hawaiian Tourism Authority 1999, ch1/pg8). Film sets have included Hawaii Five 0 and dozens of more modern films. All filmed on location in the Hawaiian Islands, Mutiny on the Bounty was an early film that too advantage of the beautiful scenery.

TV viewing is probably the greatest single domestic pastime. (Schofield 1996, ch1/pg8) and movie and tv filming locations add to the realism of the episodes, bring tourists to the town, increase the turnover of local shops and businesses and generally benefit the community. 50 Degrees North, Casualty and Holby City are good examples of the location of filming scenes bringing much needed employment and revenue to less obvious towns and villages.

Film and television are pervasive educators and persuaders, especially when they are entertaining. The theory is that many tourists tend to experience the world through a series of framed images, the screen is yet another frame through which tourists vicariously experience a destination or location. Through its image-creating potential, film can also provide strong motivation to actually visit the places. (Schofield 1996, ch1/pg9). Film-induced tourism and filming sites and locations for Braveheart, Clockwork Orange, Harry Potter and Middle Earth (New Zealand) have proved this time and time again and now tourist boards and tourist offices are promoting film location holidays, film destination holidays, movie walks and movie tours.

And now lists more than 350 films which used outside locations, a wonderland of nostalgia, coupled with well-known actors, and now all on-line at the click of a mouse. uses snips from the original film and attempts to find the exact location of the scene which is then re-photographed in order to provide a then and now comparison.

Margaret Richardson - August 2009

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Friday, August 21, 2009

The Blue Lamp

If you want to see a picture of Warwick Crescent in the 50's as it relates to the Blue Lamp look on English Heritage viewfinder picture ref aa077630, lots of other goodies on there as well.

Best, Aidan McManus.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Lodger/ Phantom fiend (1932)

St. Margaret's Hotel is at the junction of St. Margaret's Rd. and Crown Lane.

Information from Ray Simmons.

Small Back Room

IMDB says a lot of it was in Dorset, but Victoria Embankment was also used.
From memory I'd say that perhaps some streets in west London also appeared.

Perhaps if you enter it on the lists some of your regular sleuths will be able to assist. It stars Jack Hawkins, David Farrar, Sid James & Robert Morley. It's a classic Brit-movie about a Bomb Disposal officer, gripping stuff and good to watch.

Best regards, Mark Jenkinson.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Cinema in Uruguay

From Javier, in Uruguay, all the history of the cinema in Uruguay, from it's very beginning!!

In these links below you can have a database of ALL THE FILMS, SHORT AND LONG with sound which were projected in the Montevideo premises since 1929 to the present!!! This was a huge work of Mr. Osvaldo Saratsola, the creator of Cinestrenos.