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Road trip attractions: Visiting movie sites

Our minds are on the movies, especially the big winner, The Artist, so Roadtripping brings you movie travel.

Harold-lloydFirst up, inspired by The Artist, a silent movie and Best-Picture winner, is an article on sites in Los Angeles that starred in silent movies from the first part of the 20th century. I never knew that the classic scene of Harold Lloyd dangling from a clock in Safety First was filmed downtown, just a few miles from where I grew up. You'll find that article here.

Meantime, the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a list of sites where The Artist was filmed. You’ll find that list immediately below.

Great Britain’s tourism agency, VisitBritain, is also looking for a piece of film lovers’ action. It has compiled a list of seven Oscar contenders filmed in Great Britain. That list follows as well.

And finally, Fodor’s Travel lists its eight top destinations for visiting movie locales, from Hawaii to small-town Mississippi, and from exotic Bangkok to the old train stations of Paris and London. You can find that story here

Here are places in Los Angeles where you might recognize scenes from The Artist:

Eagle Rock Substation, 7888 N. Figueroa Street – Used as the opening scene in the movie, a masked George rescues a modern-day flapper from a torture chamber.

Bradbury Building, 304 S. Broadway – The director uses foreshadowing effectively as George and Peppy pass each other on the ornate stairway belonging to the fictional Kinograph Studios.  She is ascending the staircase as he is making his way down the steps—both physically and professionally. 

104 and 56 Fremont Place, Hancock Park  - Located in a gated area of Hancock Park are the homes of George Valentin, where he resided during his  movie star heyday at 104 Fremont Place, and of Peppy Miller’s manse, which was purposely chosen for its connection to the era.  It was the former home of America’s silent movie sweetheart Mary Pickford during the late teens. TheArtist

Cicada Restaurant, 617 S. Olive Street – This former Art Deco haberdashery, now a swank downtown restaurant located on the ground floor of the historic Oviatt Building, is where George and Peppy dine separately on the eve of their movie premieres.  This is also where Julia Roberts dined with Richard Gere in the film “Pretty Woman.”

Los Angeles Theater, 615 S. Broadway – Built in 1931 in the Baroque-style, this theater played host to the premiere of “City Lights” starring Charlie Chaplin.  In the film “The Artist,” the theater is where George premieres his last silent film “Tears of Love” which he produced and financed with the last of his money. 

American Film Institute, 2021 N. Western Avenue – The exterior of the AFI campus near Griffith Park was cast as a hospital where George is taken after he purposely starts a fire inside his barren apartment.  Peppy can be seen racing to the front of the hospital to be by George’s side.

Wilshire Ebell Theatre, 4401 W. 8th Street – This classic 1927 building is used both as the interior of the hospital where George is treated after being rescued from a house fire, and as the place where George’s belongings are auctioned off to the highest bidder.   

Hancock ParkOakwood Avenue between Beverly and Melrose Avenues; Hudson Avenue from 3rdStreet to Beverly Avenue – Hancock Park, a leafy midtown neighborhood developed during the 1920s, is the setting for a chunk of the film’s exteriors.   George’s Jack Russell terrier, played by Golden Collar winner Uggie, can be seen running down Oakwood Avenue in an effort to alert a beat police officer that George’s apartment is on fire.  In another scene Peppy puts the pedal to the metal as she races down Hudson Avenue to see George. 


And here is VisitBritain’s list of movie sites in Great Britain:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Nominations: Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Visual Effects and Achievement in Makeup.

Dumbledore's_officeThe Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London opens March 31, 2012 and gives fans an amazing, new opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. This unique tour takes visitors behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made these films so hugely popular all over the world. Highlights include the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room and never-before-seen treasures.   Visitors should note that tickets must be booked in advance.  There are no ticket sales at the studio tour doors. (www.wbstudiotour.co.uk) (Photo of Dumbledore's office, from VisitBritain.)


War Horse

Nominations: Best Motion Picture of the Year, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Art Direction, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), Achievement in Sound Editing, and Achievement in Sound Mixing.

WARHORSE 2 MCTEngland provided many of the stunning locations for the filming of Steven Spielberg’s best picture and cinematography nominee, War Horse.  Scenes of the main village were filmed at Wiltshire village in Castle Combe, England. “When I first got to Castle Combe and looked around, I asked, ‘Was this built for tourists?’ But no,” says Spielberg. “It’s such a quaint little village; you’ve never seen anything like it before. It was the perfect place for both the purchase of Joey and the scene of the men going off to war with the faith they will be back by Christmas.” (Photo by Andrew Cooper/DreamWorks Pictures) (www.visitwiltshire.co.uk)

Visitors can also experience the stunning landscape that inspired Spielberg, in Dartmoor National Park, either through a guided walk led by the National Park Authority or on their own.  Some of the sights are Ditsworthy Warren House, which served as the family farmhouse in the film and Combestone Tor and its surrounding area, were used to film scenes of farmers with livestock at the beginning of the movie.   Also, several of the scenes featuring the horses were shot in this area, including one in which Joey is ridden by Albert, through Haytor rocks.



My Week With Marilyn

Nominations: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role—Michelle Williams, and Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role—Kenneth Branagh.

Travellers can experience the high-end luxury stores on Bond Street in Mayfair, London or simply enjoy the street that Michelle Williams and Dougray Scott roamed while shooting the film. Asprey London, famous for their jewelry, is located on New Bond Street & Burlington Arcade, and is featured in the film.  Also in Mayfair, is Shepherd Market, a small square, which doubles as Wardour Street in the movie and is filled with chic boutiques, intimate restaurants and impressive Victorian pubs.  Many locals describe Shepherd Market as ‘The Heart of Mayfair,’ therefore it should not be missed. (www.asprey.com) (www.shepherdmarket.co.uk)


The Iron Lady

Nominations: Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role—Meryl Streep, and Achievement in Makeup.

Manchester, England is famously known for being the city of sport and is often synonymous with the soccer team, Manchester United.  But it is also home to Manchester Town Hall — a town hall whose neo-gothic architecture resembles that of the Palace of Westminster in London, and was used for the majority of the filming of The Iron Lady. The exterior of the building is dominated by the clock tower, which rises to 285 feet tall and houses Great Abel, the clock bell. (www.manchester.gov.uk)

The magnificent Painted Hall in Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London doubled as Elysée Palace, in the scene where Prime Minister Thatcher, played by Meryl Streep, dines in the Painted Hall as a guest of Francois Mitterand.  The Painted Hall is open to visitors free of charge and it is used as a venue for prestigious dinners and formal occasions.  (www.ornc.org)


Jane Eyre

Nomination: Achievement in Costume Design.

The film opens with Jane walking in the rain across the moors and collapsing at the front door of Moor House, home of St. John Rivers and his sisters. Standing in for the fictitious Moor House is the White Edge Lodge, a holiday cottage that accommodates five people in Derbyshire, England.   Many of its original features are still intact such as the kitchen in the former game cellar. (www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk)

Also in Derbyshire, is Haddon Hall, which plays Thornfield Hall in the film.  Also featured are Haddon Hall’s beautiful gardens and fields, where Mr. Rochester had his daily horseback rides.   Haddon Hall is open to the public from April through October, offering several events during this time period for people to enjoy during their visit. (www.haddonhall.co.uk)

One of the most memorable scenes in Jane Eyre is at the beginning of the movie when Jane stands in the rain looking down at the vast moor-land below her. The cliff in this scene is Stanage Edge, which is located in the Peak District National Park. Stanage Edge is the largest of the gritstone edges that overlook Hathersage in Derbyshire and is featured as the moors in the film. This is a popular destination throughout the year for both climbing and walking. (www.peakdistrict.gov.uk)



Nomination: Achievement in Costume Design.

Enjoy a round of golf at Stoke Park, a country club, spa and hotel which was featured as

Cap d’Antibes Villa in the film. Stoke Park, just outside of London, offers luxury 5-star accommodation and 49-exquisite bedrooms. (www.stokepark.com)

Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, England, doubled for the estate at Windsor in the movie. The palace was a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough, following his famous victory at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Visitors can experience the State Rooms, which house one of the finest collections in Europe and the Churchill Exhibition includes the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born in 1874. (www.blenheimpalace.com)


Tinker, Tailor Soldier Spy

Nominations: Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role-- Gary Oldman, Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score), and Adapted Screenplay.   

               Geo.F. Trumper of Mayfair, in London, is showcased in the film, and offers its clientele wet shaves, grooming and many other beauty services for men. Trumper's features beautiful mahogany paneled private cubicles and a multitude of shaving and grooming products.  (www.trumpers.com)