3rd and Sullivan, New York – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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3rd Street and Sullivan – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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3rd Street and Sullivan (2) – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

In Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick gives us a Greenwich Village view as an anchor as Bill leaves Marion Nathanson’s apartment and begins his odyssey, but the little that’s shown in the view gives no identity landmarks and we can’t read the streetsign (or I couldn’t) though we vaguely see it through the dark. I could tell, however, there were two Ls in the sign. Having earlier discovered that another Greenwich anchor that Kubrick gives us was The Back Fence, I looked for neighboring streets with 2 Ls and reasoned Sullivan might be the one. I then easily found this corner where we had the white brick beside a red brick building on the corner and a dark brick building on the opposite corner.

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The Flatiron Building – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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The Flatiron Building – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

In Eyes Wide Shut, when Bill is on his way to Marion Nathanson’s, we are given a view of the Flatiron building. The view is no longer the same as there have been changes in the road.

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Lutton Hoo (Real Site of Victor’s Party) – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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Lutton Hoo – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

The place where Victor’s party was actually filmed was not at the building which served for the facade, but at Lutton Hoo. The gate is a good long horse trot from the estate/spa, which Google maps apparently won’t be getting anywhere near. So all we have is the gate.

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Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Victor’s Mansion – Google Maps Redux Art

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Victor’s Ball – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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The Entrance to Victor’s Supposed Mansion – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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237 Madison, Behind Victor’s Supposed Mansion – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

Kubrick crossfades from Bill and Alice exiting the San Remo, in Eyes Wide Shut, to a 3/4 view of the building that will serve as Victor’s mansion. The location is the Polish Consulate General, in the Joseph Raphael de Lama house, at the corners of East 37th Street and Madison Avenue in New York. Behind it, we see a part of 237 Madison Ave. which is Morgan’s Hotel. 233 is the home of the Polish Consulate General.

The number 237 will have meaning for fans of Kubrick’s The Shining.

Below is a still from the film of Victor’s.

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Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – San Remo – Google Maps Redux Art

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San Remo – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

Bill and Alice live at the San Remo building at 145/146 Central Park West, though the exterior of the building doesn’t fit at all with the layout of the apartment but who cares. We’re twice given this anchor, between the scenes of Alice and Bill in the dressing room at film’s beginning, and later when Bill returns home from his second trip to Somerton.

The below image above is a side view of the building, from 74th Street.

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A Back Fence – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

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San Remo Entrance – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

Above is the front of the San Remo.

The first shot of the building in the film, Kubrick cutting to Bill at the dressing room window, Bill is searching for something but also looking out the window. What he’s looking at, if anything, or out what side of the building we don’t know.

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The Benches – Revisiting “Eyes Wide Shut” – Google Maps Redux

In the shot of the building a man is seated on the far left of these benches across the street in front of the park.

Below are a couple of bonus shots, just because I like them. One is a corner view of the building neighboring the San Remo, between it and the Dakota, and the other shows a view of the benches before that building and a worker looking up at it. A much better bench shot than the above, but not the right building.

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Dick Travels up the Mountain – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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The Snow Cat to the Rescue – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Snow Covered Trees – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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The Overlook/Timberline from the Road – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

In the 4 P.M. section of The Shining, Dick travels in the Snow Cat to the lodge. One shot has him on a fairly flat stretch hemmed with trees. I looked around for something corresponding to this and I don’t know if I might have lucked upon that exact stretch on the west leg of the Timberline Highway, which in the winter joins with the ski trails as part of that veritable maze before the Timberline, then links up with the Timberline Highway to enter from the east. I’d thought possibly that this scene was filmed at the studio as it was so eerily pristine, but seeing the Google Maps images, and knowing they had filming crew up here, it could have been a real location shot.

Wonderfully, Google Maps also provides an image that is very close to what Dick sees of the lodge as he approaches it from the road.

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The Timberline/Overlook Blanketed in Snow – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Best Way to the Lodge – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

In the 8 A.M. section of “The Shining” we get a brief look of a view of the studio lodge from the far west entrance, which was unobserved on Closing Day. Though the studio set is different from the real Timberline (which is viewed in aerials and from down the mountain), it’s interesting to compare the live Timberline/Overlook snowed in version with the studio Overlook.

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Dick in Denver – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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The Airport – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Boulder and Westminster Exit from the North – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Boulder and Westminster Exit from the South – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

In the 8 a.m. section of The Shining, Dick flies to Denver from Miami. The Stapleton International Airport is now closed. In the film we see road shots of snow, the Boulder/Westminster exit and wreckage of a Mack truck and VW. I read that the film crew who shot at Glacier National Park was also shooting road scenes in Denver. If the shots of the Westminster/Boulder exit were made in Denver, the roads have changed greatly since then so there is no recognition factor.

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Miami – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Miami, Channel 10 – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

In the Wednesday section of The Shining, Dick “shines” the ongoing terror at the hotel while watching a Channel 10 newscast which shows few scenes from Miami, including the WPLG tower. It seems right to include it in the “Revisiting the Shining” Google map art.

View Down the Overlook/Timerline Mountain – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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Viewing down the Mountain, Revisiting “The Shining”, Google Maps Redux Art

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Viewing down the Mountain 2, Revisiting “The Shining”, Google Maps Redux Art

Kubrick opens many of the sections with a shot looking up the mountain from below, such as here on Tuesday and here on Saturday. On the supposed intervening Thursday, when the lodge has been snowed in, Kubrick chooses instead to open with Wendy and Danny playing in the snow and Jack looking out the window.

The above spruced up shots from Google Maps give us an idea of what it is to look down the mountain from the lodge. One has the impression of gazing over the world, and even the maze itself, the world maze.

The studio set shows the maze in front of the lodge. Though the hedge maze is clearly not observed before the real Timberline in aerial shots and the looking-up-from-down-the-mountain shots (because, of course, it wasn’t there in real life) and in some books the studio facade and maze is stated to be behind the Overlook, the Snow Cat’s approach to the real Timberline/Overlook strongly suggests we should see the studio maze as in the front.

What we never see in the movie, which can be observed in Google Maps, is that the mountain before the lodge is a veritable maze of ski slopes traversing every which way. With the tall trees acting as obscuring maze hedges, try entering this without directional guide posts. Even with guide posts observed in Google Maps, it is easy to become lost.

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Closing Day Mountain Ascent – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

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The Torrance Family Travels Up The Mountain on Closing Day – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

The above image is at the point when Kubrick crossfades from the Torrances driving to the vista of The Overlook.

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The Weeping Wall – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

The Torrances are traveling west to east.

I had thought to pinpoint the opening waterfall shot as being at the Weeping Wall on the Going-to-the-Sun Road–before the Donner’s Pass conversation, and then not far after that the cross fade occurs (place of top shot) to the Timberline/Overlook. The day Google Maps went through there was road construction with a lot of dust and the sun glaring in their eyes–and viewing it all I can tell you that traveling with the sun in your eyes on the Going-to-the-sun-Road, with its challenging terrain, is not a road I would want to undertake with the sun blinding me.

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The Torrance Family Passes Through a Water Run-off Area – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux Art

But rather than passing the Weeping Wall (the highway there is ever under construction for repairs due constant water damage) they may instead be traveling a little further along in Google Map 4 below (and the above street view). The lack of trees on the right fits better, plus the Google maps aerial view of the road seems to be a perfect match with the helicopter view from the movie. Which you can’t tell from a ground shot.

The image I’ve grabbed of the beetle nearing the bend (at the point of the cross-fade to The Overlook) is about two Google maps arrow clicks further past the two parking areas to the right as back at that point the sunlight was too glaring to get much of anything.

What’s interesting about this is that the Torrances are traveling west to east on Closing Day and Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before they come to Logan’s Pass, which is right about the Continental Divide, a little west of it. Whereas when Jack is traveling east to west in the opening shots, Kubrick chooses to crossfade away to the Timberline/Overlook before he reaches Logan Pass as well. So, these two versions of the same trip are converging on Logan Pass (perhaps a kind of stand-in for Donner’s Pass) and the Continental Divide.

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Background While Talking about Donner’s Pass – Revisiting “The Shining” – Google Maps Redux

The background out the window during the talk about Donner’s Pass. See this location in Google map 5.

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