Glitz! Glamour! Last night was the Golden Globes! And now that it’s over it would be fun to think of previous winners – with a very special distinction.
Since 1943, the Golden Globes have been held every January, celebrating the previous year’s top achievements in film and television. In those sixty-six years, some of the best winning movies have been filmed in New York City. In fact this amazing city, so rich like a multi-colored tapestry of locations, has usually been called as much a character in the movies as the actors.
Some of the featured locations in these past Golden Globe winners were:
The Lost Weekend (1945): Directed by Billy Wilder and also winner of four Oscars, this film starred Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. It depicts the desperate life of an alcoholic through a four day drinking bout. Scenes were filmed at P.J. Clark’s, and the most startlingly frank scenes were done in Bellevue Hospital. This powerful film on alcoholism has lost none of its importance.
The Apartment (1960): Also directed by Billy Wilder, this romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine took place almost exclusively in an apartment at 205 Columbus Avenue, at the corner of 69th. Other scenes took place at the Majestic Theater, 247 West 44th Street in the theater district, and at Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street.
The French Connection (1971): Also reaping 5 Oscars, this thriller masterpiece stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, two NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau who stumble onto drug smuggling with a French connection. Scenes were filmed at The Roosevelt Hotel at 45th Street and Madison; and the pulse-pounding car chase was filmed (over five weeks) beneath the Bensonhurst Elevated Railway – 26 blocks of Brooklyn’s Stillwell Line from Bay 50th Street Station along Stillwell, into 86th Street and finally right into New Utrecht Avenue, ending at 62nd Street Station, which is where the final shootout takes place.
Tootsie (1982): Dustin Hoffman stars in this comedy gem about a stubborn actor who, desperate for work, poses as a woman in order to land a role on a soap. Hoffman’s female persona quickly becomes the most popular on the show, inspiring women everywhere to become independent of men. Complications arise when Hoffman finds himself falling in love with his vulnerable female co-star, played by Jessica Lange, and his female guise finds herself romantically pursued by two men, one Lange’s father and the other a lecherous male co-star. How can Hoffman find his way out of this without losing Lange and his job? The soap scenes were filmed at the National Sound Studios at 460 West 42nd Street; Hoffman’s character’s apartment is at 15-17 West 18th Street; and the famous scene with director Sydney Pollack took place in The Russian Tea Room.
Big (1988): Tom Hanks stars in this comedy about a boy who wishes at a magic wish machine to be a grownup, then finds himself in an adult body overnight. Hanks must deal with the confusing world of adults, all the while wondering if he was better off as a child. The delightful scene where Hanks and his employer, Robert Loggia, dance on floor pianos was filmed in FAO Schwarz. There are also scenes at Yankee Stadium, and lots of tearing around on Fifth Avenue and in SoHo.
The city, always a star …
The Golden Globes official website
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French Connection found on:
The World Wide Guide to Movie Locations
Tootsie found on:
The 80’s movies Rewind: http://www.fast-rewind.com/locations_tootsie.htm
Big found on:
The 80’s movies Rewind: http://www.fast-rewind.com/locations_big.htm
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