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Juliet Mills and daughter back to Naples, 45 years later.

Billy Wilder is undubitably one of the greatest film directors of all-time, and his lifetime accolades speak for themselves: as either a writer and/or director, his movies have received a total of 21 Oscar nominations, in a 27-year span, from 1940 to 1967.

His timeless classics such as Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd. and Some Like It Hot immediately come to mind whenever Wilder’s name is brought up. However, there are gems to be found in his work, one of them is Avanti!, which he made in the early 70s.

Avanti! was made in the small community of Ischia, in Naples, Italy, starring Jack Lemmon and Juliet Mills. Mrs. Mills’ daughter, Melissa, recently reached out to me to inform that they’ve actually made the trip back to Ischia a short while ago.

45 years ago, Avanti! (precisely, during the summer of 1972), was being made and Mrs. Mills must have made an impression because some people did recognize her all these years later, one of them being the (still to this day) owner of the Grand Hotel Excelsior, Mrs. Lidia Fiorentino


*(Mrs. Fiorentino on the right)

Even a stuntman in the film (now an employee of the hotel) recognized the actress. The Hotel itself has barely changed, it still bears a familiar shape.

Mrs. Mills went back to the place where her character, Mrs. Piggott, met with Jack Lemmon’s Wendell Armbruster Jr., what then posed as a morgue. Unchanged too.


*Mrs. Mills with her daughter Melissa.

For old times’ sake, why not have minstrels sing Core ‘ngrato?

… and enjoy the beautiful view while we’re at it?

*Many thanks to Mrs. Caulfield for the story & pictures.

Warning, fake SPAM warnings!


Hello all.

As some of might might have noticed, multiple warnings telling you that this site or whatever page you’re on/heading to is not safe have been showing up over the last weeks. Truth is, it seems like the ad network I was using has bumped into some sort of trouble lately, so I had to remove them all. I’d like to apologize to those it may have inconvenienced.

There is a slight chance these warnings still pop up on certain pages.. I would be grateful if you pointed them out to me if you ever encountered one. I’m doing the best I can to fix the situation, but this proves to be a gigantic task as there would be hundreds and hundreds of pages to test, one-by-one and there is only one of me!

Cheers.

EDIT: As of 07/12/17, everything has been fixed.

SPAM (and the likes)

So I’ve noticed over time that a considerable percentage of my inbox is filled with stuff that is either clearly spam, or other content that is somewhat ambiguous. Whether these messages were sent to a random list of a million email adresses or not (and I suspect this has not always been the case), I have had offers by many people to “optimize” my site for a fee.

To those concerned, hear me out: First part is: Although I do appreciate the offer, this site is far from generating enough revenue to consider investing in such a thing.

Secondly, I am heading towards a coding/web developing career. When I first registered the site’s domain name and started building what you now see, I (naively) believed it would be as simple to set up as one of those old free webhosting companies (*cough* Tripod *cough* Angelfire *cough* *cough*). As you would expect, I initially bumped into a wall. Later found a compromise in WordPress who was a lot of help. If I had to start all over again, I’d probably build it from scratch instead. So, in short, if major changes are ever happening on TheMovieDistrict.com (until further notice), I’ll take care of it myself.

Thank you.

Lost Highway (1997) locations in Los Angeles

David Lynch’s own house is featured

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7035 Senalda Road, Los Angeles, California, United States

Arnie’s garage..

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..is at 810 South La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California, United States

From the other side of the street, they are watched

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Indeed at 747 South La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles, California, United States

Later, we are brought at the Lost Highway Hotel

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Out there in Death Valley Junction, California, United States

*This post is a stub. Want to improve it? A couple of locations (click here) are still unknown at this moment. You can reach me at webmaster@themoviedistrict.com. Thank you.

Did You Know?

The Simpsons has been for a while, the longest running cartoon show of all-time in the U.S.. The yellow-skinned family lives at 742 Terrace Evergreen, in Springfield. Springfield, where? We were never told. What you may not know is that a real-life replica of the house was built in Henderson, NV, almost twenty years ago. The colors, initially similar to the ones in the cartoon, had to be changed due to the local homeowner’s association rules. Such a shame!

This house is located at 712 Red Bark Lane, as shown below.