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The Rock-itt : March Rock-itt 2014
b By The Rock-itt’s Mister Movies.. Robert Florczak Visit....http://wwwrobertflorczak.com Moving on to my travels in Europe, we find ourselves at the Pont au Double, a bridge over a walkway along the river Seine in the shadow of Notre Dame cathedral. One need not be Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn to feel the romance in that lovely spot. Walking that same stretch today one finds little has changed since those star s filmed their scene from "Charade," a Hitchcock- styled mystery which had the two stars cavorting all over the City of Lights. Many other locations from that film can still be visited, most looking as they did in 1963 when "Charade" was lensed there. Interestingly, one can also still fish in the Seine, like the fishing seen in the background of still from the film, and the river is far less polluted today than it was 51 years ago. It's even possible to catch a hefty salmon or two--or eel, if that suits your palate! Movie Locations Then and Now Finally, one of my favorite cities in the world was the backdrop to the dark, 2008 drama "In Bruges." The medieval town, often called the Venice of the north because of its maze of canals, was the haven for two criminals played by Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell. In the scene presented here, the two actors are seen sitting under a statue of Jan Van Eyck at the head of a canal on Jan Van Eyckplein, both named after that city's 15th century master painter. The city, which was luckily spared destruction by the Nazis in WWII, had been considered a "dead city," and titled thusly in an engrossing 1892 novel "Bruge-la-Morte," which presented the city in all its then decay. Ironically, the popular book created such interest in the city that tourism greatly increase d, and the town coffers grew to an extent that renovations brought the " dead city" back to life. From that time until today, Bruges is one of the splendorous hidden gem s of Europe, and as this issue of The Rock-itt goes to print, I will be treading its car- free streets once again. See you all one more time in April!