Quick Thoughts

Every now and then, I plan on doing an article on a specific film, featuring all its filming locations, but then, after a quick analysis, I have to reconsider.

While information about filming locations is sometimes partly available somewhere on the Internet, this is not the kind of information that is openly, fully displayed to everyone. The good news are that those films are filled by all sorts of hints to help us figure out where those houses, streets, buildings, etc, are located. The bad news are that sometimes, even then, it’s not enough. When that happens, I have to put the little information I hold on stand-by. Just in case. Meanwhile, it’s not worth turning it into an article if a lot of the locations are missing.

Oh, by the way, I’ve just finished one on Martin Scorsese’s 1995 adaptation of Nicholas Pileggi’s book, Casino.

Have a nice Christmas you all!


Hitchcock (again), Quebec, and the 1950s

In my last post, I mentioned Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 suspense film, I Confess, starring a Montgomery Clift at the peak of his career (his performance in From Here to Eternity, released the same year, got him an Oscar nomination — the movie itself was nominated for 13 Oscars and won eight, including Best Picture). 

The film, shot in 1952, features many historical landmarks from Quebec City — which are still around today. As a resident of the province of Quebec (albeit not from Quebec City),  it’s always refreshing to explore my backyard through Hollywood productions, especially that movies set and filmed in Quebec are extremely rare.

Around the Block with Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock was one of those great directors who preferred filming on the set rather than on location. That is somewhat surprising, considering that many of Hitch’s most popular movies like Vertigo (San Francisco), North by Northwest (New York and Chicago), To Catch a Thief (France and Monaco), Strangers on a Train (Connecticut), the remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much (United Kingdom and Morocco) were filmed all over the globe. He even went to Denmark to shoot Torn Curtain and to Quebec for his 1953 thriller I ConfessThe Master of Suspense sure liked to travel.

On a side note, the one exception that stands out seem to be his most well-known and popular picture, Psycho, which was mostly filmed on the set. One would wonder how well a Bates Motel would have benefited from the film’s publicity!