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.

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