of the Dolls (1967); The Last House on the Left (1971); The
Stepford Wives (1975)
Recent: A Disney Movie at Putnam Park!
Putnam Park was recently used as a location for a scene in
Old Dogs, a Disney film starring John Travolta and
Travolta fielded questions from the press about shooting scenes
around the state. “The shoot is going wonderfully. The town’s
people have been treating us well,” he said. “Each state allows
certain opportunities to do movies. This year Connecticut
is winning as the most ideal state to film in.”
weeks ago, the Disney crew was at the Redding Community Center
filming another scene for the movie. Next week (Aug. 20th),
the crew is expected to film scenes at the Redding Country
asked about filming in Redding specifically, Mr. Travolta
said Putnam Park is the “perfect location” for the scene which
is “pivotal in the movie.”
is no better spot for this particular scene,” he said.
Rachel (1968); Other People's Money (1991); Reckless (1995).
Flashback: 'Jest of God' (Rachel, Rachel) is on Location in
Georgeotwn's Business Area, August 23, 1967, Wilton
film makers have been all over Georgetown, putting kids in
trees, tacking signs on the funeral home (Bouton's), and cleaning
up the Bonner Playhouse cellar. Until this week they worked
mostly at night, when traffic was slight and younger children
should have been in bed. Kayos Productions has
spent two weeks at Bouton's and will get to the Playhouse
next week, after which it will depart.
this Monday morning they came out into braod daylight, setting
up in the middle of the business district. They blocked Main
St. off with big orange trucks and set up dolly tracks for
the camera along the south sidewalk, past Tony's Cafe, an
unrented store front, and Sam n' Skip's.
Depot" signs went up on the eaves and on a utility pole;
later a John Wayne movie poster was tacked on the Ark Lodge
across the street; suddenly Main Street was "on location".
crowds that swelled and diminished throughtout Monday &
Tuesday were now and then herded gently away.
short scenes are being made at the spot, all in sequence in
which the lead, Joanne Woodward, gets hit by a Jeep and is
taken off in an ambulance. A cluster of about 15 spectators,
apparently incapable of boredom, patiently followed the stretcher
as it was carried back and forth to the ambulance about 10
to 15 times for one shot in front of Sam n' Skip's Variety,
a new news and lunch counter recently opened on Main St.
Rachel is a 1968 film which tells the story of a repressed
school teacher, living with her mother, who suddenly gets
a man in her life.
stars Joanne Woodward, James Olson, Kate Harrington, Estelle
Parsons, Donald Moffat, Terry Kiser, Bernard Barrow and Geraldine
movie was adapted by Stewart Stern from the novel A Jest of
God by Margaret Laurence. It was directed by Paul Newman (Woodward's
A Jest of God: In this celebrated novel, Margaret Laurence
writes with grace, power, and deep compassion about Rachel
Cameron, a woman struggling to come to terms with love, with
death, with herself and her world. Trapped in a milieu of
deceit and pettiness – her own and that of others – Rachel
longs for love, and contact with another human being who shares
her rebellious spirit. Through her summer affair with Nick
Kazlik, a schoolmate from earlier years, she learns at last
to reach out to another person and to make herself vulnerable.
A Jest of God won the Governor General’s Award for 1966 and
was released as the successful film, Rachel, Rachel. The novel
stands as a poignant and singularly enduring work by one of
the world’s most distinguished authors.
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