But what doesn’t make sense is that if Roy’s Bar was in fact on the south side of Myrtle somewhere between Bushwick and Broadway, then when the camera swings around to show the actors enter the bar, shouldn’t we be able to see the Broadway J/Z elevated tracks in the distance? The final scene in The French Connection was shot in the remains of the Randall’s Island Bakery. Does anyone know what type of factory the final shootout took place? Directed by (1) Writing credits (2) Cast (41) Produced by (3) Music by (1) Cinematography by (1) Film Editing by (1) Casting By (1) Art Direction by (1) Set Decoration by (1) Costume Design by (1) Makeup Department (1) Production Management (1) Unions strike over job cuts at French coronavirus vaccine maker Sanofi. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. It is at about 2:02 into the Gangster movie there are extensive exterior shots and a few of the inside of he restaurant as well. Great 70’s movie. The No. In the film’s opening scene, French criminal Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) leaves the Chez Fonfon restaurant tailed by a detective. The owner was Peter Van Arthos. You have to look for it, of course. And hey, if you've made it this far, why not follow us via RSS, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr? Can you comment further about “Angie” (Arlene Farber) or any of the other actors from the French Connection? They also had an N train when it should have been the B line at that time at least during the scene under that particular El (as we call it in Brooklyn). Yea that chase scene jumps around a whole lot. ... (opening scene: Charnier exits the restaurant) 3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? I love driving along 86th–the film comes to mind every time. Mystery movies. I don’t think “gritty” is the right word for the city depicted in the French Connection. Untapped New York Internships and Job Opportunities, Untapped New York Standards, Ethics, and Corrections Guide, Video Archive for Untapped New York Insiders, Marseille is this year’s European Capital of Culture, 1000 Dean Street Suite 325 Brooklyn, NY 11238. https://www.flickr.com/photos/scoutingny/14131534571 — has the street correctly identified. Amazing! After a brief opening scene in Marseille (soon to be covered by sister site Scouting France), the action moves to Brooklyn, where we meet our hero, Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, in front of the Oasis Bar & Grill. Also hate that there are no more car piles under the Brooklyn Bridge. As the detectives drive through Little Italy, we get some street shots that, incredibly, are more or less unchanged over 40 years later. French food is all about flavour, decades of tradition, superb ingredients and skilled preparation. This was a delight…what a great, fun piece of scholarship! A genre's "iconography" consists of. In the movie it looks like one straight street but it’s actually a corner. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972) When Ogami Itto faces the three Hidari brothers,there is a shot that resembles the famous shot from the beginning of "C'era una volta il West" in which Harmonica meets the three gunmen. William Friedkin’s 1971 thriller French Connection tells the story of bent cops ‘Popeye’ Doyle and Buddy ‘Cloudy’ Russo as they attempt to foil a large narcotics smuggling operation from Marseille, France to New York City. I remember a movie scene set anywhere between the 60’s and the 90’a of a group of people trapped in a maze or something resembling an escape room or a dangerous obstacle course. References the opening train station sequence, and uses the same train and windmill sound effects. It was at 61st. I am wondering if the today’s photos were done on a somewhat modern digital camera while the film was on … film. In the 1970s, Marseilles was the largest provider of heroin to the United States and it is all too easy to imagine mafia bosses congregating in this charming restaurant, enjoying fine wine and exquisite seafood. It should be Dover Street (between Water St. & Front St.), not Peck Slip. The interruption of Middagh Street in Brooklyn Heights happened about 10 years ago. Hey Nick, This is Tony Lo Bianco. He then turns up Woodbine Street which, at least today, is a one way down street. Thanks so much for researching and putting this together. I loved the grit that no longer exists. The film was inspired by the events of the French Connection in the 1970s, starring Jean Dujardin as police magistrate Pierre Michel and Gilles Lellouche as Gaëtan "Tany" Zampa, a drug gang ringleader. Note how the cinderblocked building on the right has been completely restored (though why remove the fire escapes?):”. What constitutes “a strangely placed entrance”? 434k members in the Moviesinthemaking community. WORLD. As I look at the city in the movie, I’m amazed by how clean and safe and functional it looks. When I lived on Arion Place a few years ago, Ridley Scott’s team came in to that same stretch of Broadway to shoot scenes for American Gangster. Hey Scout, great post Then and Now post as usual. Rob: The shot of the two elephants is at Franklin Field, on UPenn... Curtis Davis: Nick, It's been five long years but you're back! There are very few chain stores visible anywhere, although Popeye does walk past a “Godiva” at one point, which surprised me, because I would have bet that brand didn’t exist in 1971. Watch All the Critics Love U in New York - Angela Leeper on Dailymotion I’d say the big difference is the almost utter lack of anything corporate. Always liked Hackman. It’s just a small bias of mine since I live in Ridgewood, and don’t like that Bensonhurst gets all the credit for what is often called the greatest car chase in movie history when it didn’t do all the “work”. It’s definitely a very different city, but it’s not a gritty city. Note the refurbishment of the adjacent buildings: We get one final passing shot of Cafe Roma on Broome Street, founded in 1891 and still in business, complete with neon sign and painted wall ad: If you enjoyed reading this post, would you consider making a donation to help me make my first movie? As the detectives wait for the Bocas to leave, we get a nice shot of the Williamsburg Bridge further down – note the changes made in its late 1990s redesign: Finishing their breakfast, the Bocas take off, with Popeye and Cloudy in tow. I am thinking of searching for 70s grit in Newark. The theater was torn down in 1988, and the site has been a vacant lot ever since. Those three buildings are surprisingly distinct – 4-stories, 3-windows wide, an arched entrance on one of them. 1970″s NYC still exists. Where are the flaming barrels? That subway station with the strangely placed entrance looks to me like the BQ platform at Brighton. If you find out, let us know! Not exactly sure what to do, I drove him to a neighborhood with one of the highest crime rates in the city. The infamous car chase sequence from The French Connection (20) Ethan Edwards framed dark in doorway from The Searchers (20) ... (Opening scene) from Easy Rider (20) Just $5 or $10 can make a difference - AND you get this snazzy Scouting NY sticker/magnet as a Thank-You gift! Just FYI..Gritty..Recent trip to Bklyn from CA — Atlantic Ave to downtown Bklyn does not look gentrified or upscaled, not to mention “mall like”..I’ll bet you can film 2 dozen gritty films if you put your mind to it….hey, just sayin. I parked my car and started walking towards a nondescript building among a number of similar buildings. Arab League urges Joe Biden to ditch Donald Trump’s Palestine policies. The train crashes btwn the Fresh Pond Rd Station and Metroplolitan Ave. Great site. That building is the Captain Rose House, the third-oldest building in Manhattan and the site of Kit Burns’ Rat Pit, a waterfront dive with an ampitheater for dog and ratbaiting fights. I spent many weekends in the city around 1970-72 and remember the sights and smells very well. LE VALLON Opening shot - High angle on Lincoln along small bay with boats. I had always thought that you dropped the Lincoln off at night in Brooklyn, but I learned here that it was on Dover Street in Manhattan. I live in it. I was going to say Avenue I but I think you’re right. It was owned by a Greek millionaire (who shakes Popeye’s hand at the beginning of the scene), and the entire building was destroyed in a fire in the 1980’s, according to Sonny. I thought the el station where Popeye shot the assassin looked familiar. Indeed, French Connection has probably done more to solidify an unsavoury reputation of Marseille than any other film – a reputation both deserved and unjust. All I can see is open sky. The Tunnel (French: Tunnel) is a British-French crime drama television series adapted from the 2011 Danish-Swedish crime series The Bridge (Bron/Broen).The series began broadcasting on 16 October 2013 on Sky Atlantic in the UK, and on 11 November 2013 on Canal+ in France. TIL the famous car chase scene in "The French Connection" was shot illegally. Nowadays both cities are for the most part very different places. Rev. The bowling alley, which I think is called the Duplex, is another clue. Beautifully done In the ‘70s it was famous for fostering poverty and prostitution, as well as being the stronghold of the Corsican mafia. The Vieux Port is Marseille’s heart, and where the Greeks first landed in this natural harbour 2,600 years ago. In the film, we briefly see the detective finishing a coffee on Marseille’s famous Vieux Port. Absolutely outstanding. The French Connection (1971) Several shots in the opening chase scene involved stunt drivers who were supposed to barely miss hitting the speeding car, but due to errors in timing accidental collisions occurred and were left in the final film. But the beginning of some of the chase was in Bensonhurst so I think a number of neighborhoods can claim a piece of that famous chase. Posted by: Scout Seeing the italian food center brought back memories. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Exclusive Interview – The Climb filmmakers on that unforgettable opening scene, praise from Tom Hanks, one-takes and more January 19, 2021 … The film is shot in both cities, portraying them as mean and sinister. …which today, is occupied by Woodhall Hospital, built about 10 years later in 1982. The grittiness that the city has lost in the last 50 years is really startling when seen in this context. Note the theater in the background, known in 1971 as the Rio Piedras, and the pool hall beside it. There’s no graffiti anywhere, not in the housing project, not on the subways, not on the sides of the buildings adjoining the vacant lot. This blog link has French Connection location info http://www.the-movie-portal.com/the-french-connection-1971/ Seems to say the East Harlem location is an empty lot by 114th St and Pleasant (but i couldn’t find the buildings) and Roy’s Bar by the El is possibly by Myrtle Station (Myrtle and Broadway), since demolished. In a couple of minutes I was up in my aunt’s apartment and I asked her about the film. The location of Roy’s Bar makes sense in the context of shooting locations since the production company was nearby for the stuff with Sal’s diner. It was inevitable, I suppose. Arab League urges Joe Biden to ditch Donald Trump’s Palestine policies. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 stage musical of the same name , composed by Richard Rodgers with lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II . And there it is listed plain as day: Roy’s Bar, 1182 Myrtle Avenue (same address as Duplex Lanes). Yet New York’s beautification over the past 25 years has come at a price. NYC is more accessible and livable for many people today, if they have money. It’s funny, James, but the corridor between Broadway in Bed-Stuy and 58th Road in Maspeth is where much of THE FRENCH CONNECTION was filmed. This was the era when people with modest means could find a home here. The French Connection cast list, listed alphabetically with photos when available. It looks like there are old remnants of the old neon sign behind the Sleepy’s sign. Sorry not a lot to go on but maybe this will help someone else figure it out. It even goes down one avenue one way and then back down the other way in one consecutive scene lol. Shop French Connection and Choose from the Latest Seasonal Styles of Women's and Mens Clothing and Fashion Accessories | FCUK FREE DELIVERY ON ALL ORDERS OVER $50* Search The goal is $50,000, and to date, 1,728 Scouting NY readers have donated $36,348! With Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco. The setting for "A Streetcar Named Desire" is a modest, two-room flat in New Orleans.This simple set is viewed by the various characters in sharply contrasting ways—ways that directly reflect the dynamics of the characters. © 2021 Untapped Cities All Rights Reserved. Still there! MGM George Miller introduced us to the iconic character Max in 1979's "Mad Max" through his encounter with the crazed Nightrider (Vince Gill). Directed by William Friedkin. I’m astounded at your accurate and jaw-droppingly detailed work. The film is a loose adaptation of the 1981 novel of the same name by Whitley Strieber, with a screenplay by Ivan Davis and Michael Thomas. One tiny typo I noticed on the final page: “Boca leaves the car on Peck Slip” should say “Boca leaves the car on Dover Street”. The Hunger is a 1983 erotic horror film directed by Tony Scott, starring Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon.The plot is about a love triangle between a doctor, who specializes in sleep and aging research, and a vampire couple. A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional twentieth century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in "The French Dispatch Magazine". This is so good. Posted by u/[deleted] 1 year ago. The French Connection locations tour continues! The French Connection cast list, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Gone are many of the classic New York establishments and mom-and-pop stores of the past, replaced by a blandness typically reserved for suburban malls. You did an unbelievable job tracing all the stills from the movie to their present day scenes! Also, you can see a small sliver of the awning to the Loew’s Delancey Theater on the left, now sadly gutted (but we’ve got a 7-11, an AT&T store, and a Burger King!). Keep up the great work. It then was used by trolleys until they were removed in 1948, and is now under consideration by the MTA as a off street busway. Unions strike over job cuts at French coronavirus vaccine maker Sanofi. It is here that our detective in the film is shot dead in the alleyway to his house. May 21, 2014 Discover the city's most unique and surprising places and events for the curious mind. We invite you to enjoy casual bistro dining at its best. The French Connection (1971) Full Cast & Crew. The gate was only recently replaced with a nicer driveway gate by whoever leases the alley from Transit. Yes No. Here in Franschhoek, with its centuries of French heritage, we present the best ingredients created with French flair. French food is all about flavour, decades of tradition, superb ingredients and skilled preparation. In the film’s opening scene, French criminal Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) leaves the Chez Fonfon restaurant tailed by a detective. I wonder how that shot today would look on tungsten film shot in the late fall afternoon of a cloudy day. I grew not far from there. Today the castle’s only remaining residents are squawking seagulls and the occasional heron. (in the film “The Chez”). It's characteristic objects, settings, and stars. I made a gif to illustrate where you can see the supposed bottom parts of the sign still. 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