Movies as urban time capsules.

One of these days, I’d love to take a movie that was made in Vancouver some years ago and take pictures of the places where it was shot, just to compare how those locations looked back then to how they look right now.

In the meantime, I live vicariously through the efforts of people who have done this sort of thing in other cities, from Thom Anderson’s documentary Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) to that site I linked to last year which noted how the car chase in Bullitt (1968) hops all over San Francisco.

And now there is Scouting New York, a brand new website that features shot-by-shot then-and-now looks at films like Rosemary’s Baby (1968) …


… and Taxi Driver (1976):


Enjoy.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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