' ' Cinema Romantico: Into Fingerprint-Land

Monday, August 27, 2007

Into Fingerprint-Land

I have now sat in the exact same gazebo (and, to the best of my knowledge, on the exact same bench in said gazebo) as Julianne Moore and James Legros in "The Myth of Fingerprints".

I now have a rock sitting at home taken from said gazebo (which now sits with the rock I took from Alice Munro's jumping point and from the site of Hawkeye, Uncas and Chingachcook rescuing Alice and Cora and that snobby British guy from the evil Hurons in "Last of the Mohicans").

I have now walked on the exact same sidewalk that Julianne Moore and James Legros walked on in the aforementioned movie.

If you happened to be wondering (and I'm sure you were) if the barn you see in the background as Julianne Moore runs from the gazebo to her car is actually in the same location as the gazebo and not simply a filmmaker's trick of switching locations I can now assure you the barn is actually right there. No tricks.

And I may (may!) have seen the house itself in which the majority of the movie was filmed. I know for a fact the film was set in Andover, ME (the site of the gazebo) and Bethel, ME. My sister and I had a wonderful lunch at a roadside diner in Bethel (the waitress advised us of the virtues of a soda called Moxie) and as we departed the town we passed a house that fit the necessary criteria of the house seen many times in "The Myth of Fingerprints". 1.) It was huge and beared the same shape and layout and it appeared the same windows as the home seen in the movie and 2.) It was isolated and all by itself, away from the rest of the town. It was, however, a different color and many other mansions we glimpsed in Bethel contained the same qualities. Nevertheless, my sister drove as quickly as we could up the driveway, received a strange look from a man in that driveway, snapped a photo, and drove away. So did I officially see it?

Only the movie gods know the answer to that one.

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