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#1 SpeakersCorner

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 10:17 PM

I found out this week that the 're-education' scenes in A Clockwork Orange were filmed in Nettlefold Hall above West Norwood library, and the "You're only suppossed to blow the bloody doors off" scene from The Italian Job was filmed in Crystal Palace Park back when there was a race track there.

Does anyone know of any other films or even TV shows that were filmed in the area?

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#2 Dazza

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 08:53 AM

There is an old thread about this somewhere ! My mates dad was the surgeon who administered the eyedrops in the scene !

He was a trainee eye surgeon at the time & got some free equipment for his time on set !

However most famous film shot in area is obviously your only supposed to blow the bloody doors off scene in the italian Job film 40 years ago.

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Edited by Dazza, 20 June 2009 - 08:55 AM.

Your obviously mistaken me with someone who gives a fig

#3 James

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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:23 AM

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 09:51 AM

We should link up the list of local celebs and contact stars of films shot in CP to get some glitzy profile to our campaign for a cinema in town. We should get the Mini Rally to contact Michael Caine and stage some kind of re-enactment of the blow-up scene....

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Posted 26 June 2009 - 10:30 AM

Well perhaps we should wait & see if the Church get the planning permission before we re-inact the blowing up scene !


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Posted 26 June 2009 - 11:55 AM

..cuz we might decide to blow up the church instead?! ^_^ (that's a joke, in case anyone was wondering!!)

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Posted 27 June 2009 - 04:48 PM

We should link up the list of local celebs and contact stars of films shot in CP to get some glitzy profile to our campaign for a cinema in town. We should get the Mini Rally to contact Michael Caine and stage some kind of re-enactment of the blow-up scene....

Great idea Ziwa - we should do a feature for the www.picture-palace.org campaign blog that we have set up although Ithink it might have been covered by the Transmitter recently.

Edited by charlie, 27 June 2009 - 04:49 PM.


#8 Melvyn Harrison

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 01:15 PM

The Crystal Palace Foundation has two DVD's available (with two films on each) showing views of the Crystal Palace and grounds from 1899 - 1957.

The first DVD is: "The Crystal Palace is on Fire!" (with bonus feature - Crystal Reflections). To mark the 60th anniversary of the Crystal Palace's destruction by fire on the night of 30th November 1936, the Crystal Palace Foundation produced a 55 minute video (now out of print) packed with rare archive film footage telling the story of the world famous Victorian building. This has now been made into a DVD with another of our videos - Crystal Reflections (limited stocks still available from us at £4.00).

Written and presented by film historian John Huntley of the London Film Archive, the fully chaptered DVD spans the full range of entertainment and sport at the "People's Palace", as well as the dramatic night when it burned to the ground in a blaze seen across London and the South-East.

The DVD shows this drama as well as happier times of brass bands, dog shows, cup finals, W.G. Grace, fireworks and much more. (Includes the Crystal Palace section of the Stanley Holloway film 'Play up the Band').

UK, 2007, Black and White and Colour, 76 minutes (in total)

The second DVD is: The Pleasure Garden and The Phoenix Tower. This is a joint British Film Institute and Crystal Palace Foundation production

The two films are on the same DVD and accompanied by a 16 page information booklet describing both films.

The Pleasure Garden
Filmed among the ruins of The Crystal Palace Terraces, The Pleasure Garden is a celebration of desire. Made by American poet James Broughton, the film stars Hattie Jacques and Lindsay Anderson, with John Le Mesurier as the bureaurocrat determined to stamp on any form of free expression.

This classic piece of 1950s bohemia has acquired a charm and innocence which makes it irresitable to modern audiences.

Lovers of the history of Crystal Palace will also find much to treasure in this 1950s time capsule of a film, which shows the Crystal Colannade and the bandstand (both later demolished), the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Memorial, and much of the statuary which was to be auctioned off in 1957.

The Pleasure Garden won the Prix de Fantaisie Poetique at Cannes in 1954.

UK 1952 Black and White 37 Mins approx.

The Phoenix Tower
At the northern end of the Crystal Palace site in Sydenham stands one of the greatest engineering achievements of post-war Britain – The Crystal Palace Television Tower.

Until the disastrous fire of 1936 Sir Joseph Paxton’s huge glass Palace stood on the site.

There is something for both engineers and historians in the film.

For lovers of the graceful elegance of television towers the film shows the design, construction and ‘topping-out’ of the 720ft tall 120ft wide tower.

For aficionados of Crystal Palace history, views can be seen of the terraces, statuary and the basement areas of the Palace itself.

The tower began operating on 21 December 1957 and since then has provided most of London and Southeast England with television.

The film (known affectionately as the ‘Phoenix Tower’) was originally produced in 16mm format by the company erecting the tower – British Insulated Callenders Cables. The company was broken up some years ago and split between the Pirelli and Balfour Beatty Groups of companies. The film was distributed by the now dissolved Viscom Audio Visual Library.

Never before available on video and from April 1964 only rarely shown to small numbers of serious enthusiasts, the video was produced from the only copy known to exist.

The Phoenix Tower was shown by the BBC between January and April 1964 as one of the test transmissions in the immediate run-up to the opening of BBC2. Colour test films were shown at 09.15, two films from 10.05 to 11.00, 12.00 and 13.00, and 15.00 to 16.00. Then there was a batch of three or four films shown from 17.00 to 20.00 (14.00 onwards on Saturdays), which always ended with a feature film up to the close of tests at 20.00. The Phoenix Tower was shown on three occasions the first on Saturday 14th March 1964 and it's final showing was Monday 13th April 1964.

UK 1957 Black & white & colour 39 minutes.

Both DVD's are priced at £14.95 and available by mail order from www.crystalpalacefoundation.org.uk

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 10:46 AM

I remember some filming going on last year in the park at the top of the central steps, when they built a building entrance. Apparently it was supposed to be the central library or museum in New York! The film was about Howard Hughes, but havent heard anything since.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 08:17 AM

Actually I was completely wrong about the film. Nothing to do with Howard Hughes! Its the new Zac Efron movie "Me and Orson Welles"

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Posted 23 August 2010 - 03:22 PM

For those of you interested in this subject, a recent issue of Transmitter magazine listed a whole variety of films shot in and around the Crystal Palace area.

Jerry